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Sarah Adegoke

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Sarah Adegoke
Country (sports) Nigeria
Born (1997-07-16) 16 July 1997 (age 21)
PlaysRight-handed (double–handed backhand)
Prize money$2,645
Singles
Career record3–10 (WTA)
Doubles
Career record0–7 (WTA)
Highest rankingNo. 1308 (4 December 2017)
Current rankingNo. 1334 (2018)
Last updated on: 22 August 2018.

Sarah Adegoke (born 1997) is a Nigerian tennis player. She is currently the highest ranked tennis player in the women's single category according to Nigeria Tennis Federation.[1]

Career[edit | edit source]

Brought up in Ibadan, Oyo State, Adegoke learnt to play tennis through her father, Adedapo Adegoke, whom she noted was not professionally trained but read sporting articles and magazines to tutor her on the laws of the game. She began representing Nigeria in 2010, and by 2014 was the highest ranked woman in Nigerian tennis. She describes Serena Williams as her biggest motivation in the game.[2] Adegoke was the first runnerup in the senior women's category at the 34th edition of the CBN Tennis Open Championship in 2012.[3] She is also one of few Nigerians to have gotten to the finals of the Governor's Cup Lagos Tennis, a feat she accomplished in 2014, losing to Zarah Razafimahatratra of Madagascar in the last game.[4] At the 2014 Ikoyi Club Masters Tennis Championship, Adegoke who was 16 at the time, caused a upset when she won the 2013 CBN Tennis Open Championship winner, Ronke Akingbade in the women's single final.[5]

In February 2017, she won the Ikoyi Club Masters Tennis Championship.[6] Later in the year, she won the senior women's single category at the 39th CBN Tennis Open Championship, defeating Marylove Edwards.[7] By December 2017, she defeated rival, Blessing Samuel, 6-3, 6-3 to win the Rainoil Tennis Open at the Lagos Country Club.[8]

In August 2018, she was ranked first and third in the singles and doubles category according to the Nigeria Tennis Federation.[1]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Nigeria Tennis Players". Nigeria Tennis Federation. Retrieved 2018-08-22.
  2. Ngobua, David (December 6, 2014). "Sarah Adegoke: Teen tennis sensation and her Grand Slam dream". Dailytrust.
  3. "MEET SARAH ADEGOKE; THE FIRST LADY OF TENNIS". TW Magazine. April 26, 2017. Retrieved 2018-08-22.
  4. Olowosagba, Bamidele. "Nigerian Players Qualify For Governor's Cup Final". Naija.ng. Retrieved 2018-08-22.
  5. "Enosoregbe, Adegoke win Ikoyi Club Tennis Challenge". Vanguard. September 8, 2014. Retrieved 2018-08-22.
  6. "Joseph Imeh and Sarah Adegoke Emerge Winners of the 3rd Edition of Rainoil/Ikoyi Club 1938 Masters Tennis Championship". Bellanaija. February 21, 2017. Retrieved 2018-08-22.
  7. "CBN Tennis Tourney Gets Top Players into Action". ThisDay. June 25, 2018. Retrieved 2018-08-22.
  8. "Rainoil Tennis Open: Adegoke whips Samuel in straight sets to emerge champion". Sun. December 18, 2017. Retrieved 2018-08-22.

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