Yemisi Olatunji and Busayo Olatunji are Nigeria’s Venus Williams and Serena Williams.

The sisters squared up in the finals of the Prime Atlantic PSA National Close Satelite 2018 in Ikoyi, Lagos and OTrafford Squash Club’s PSA National Closed Satellite Tournament in Outer Marina, Lagos Island, both in December. On the two occasions, Yemisi Sr. came out tops. A hard-fought 3-2 win at Ikoyi Club 1938 and a convenient 3-0 triumph at OTrafford last week Saturday.

“I must say I feel very happy playing my sister in the finals. It is a thing of joy,” Olatunji Sr. says of their multiple meetings in tournaments this year to decide champion.

Playing her blood is serious business, Yemisi explains in this exclusive chat with Top Media Nigeria:

“(Some) people always think there is no passion when we play each other, but it was a different story playing 100 minutes game against my sister and winning 3/2.”

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Nigeria’s number one female squash player, Yemisi Olatunji beat her sister, Busayo Olatunji to win a tournament in Zimbabwe in August

Yemisi has not lost a game to any Nigerian player in the last five years and Busayo is a top junior player. But outside the sport, Yemisi says they want to be source of inspiration to the young ones.

Yemisi (left) tutoring her sister | Top Media Nigeria
Yemisi (left) tutoring her sister at a recent tournament in Nigeria| Top Media Nigeria

“We want to become women who will encourage, inspire and motivate the young ones. And in all, we want to touch people’s life positively.”

The 24 year old also use the medium to express gratitude to the sponsors of the Ikoyi tournament.

“I want to say a big thank you to the sponsor of Prime Atlantic and all the organisers.”

It has been an eventful past few weeks for the younger Olatunji who adds the National Sports Festival (NSF) laurels to her wardrobe. At the 19th edition of the Festival which ended eight days ago in Abuja, Busayo, 19 representing Team Lagos, scooped Bronze and Gold in the Singles and Team categories respectively.

The Olatunji sisters when they graced the Nigerian Sports Awards 2018
The Olatunji sisters when they graced the Nigerian Sports Awards 2018 at Eko Hotel Victoria Island Lagos.

The year 2018 has also been memorable for Yemisi. The highest ranked Nigerian on the PSA World Tour rankings beat a more popular Aruna Quadri and 13 year old tennis sensation, Marylove Edwards to the honour of Racket Sportsperson of The Year in the Nigerian Sports Awards 2018. At the NSF, competing for Team Lagos, she went home with two gold – one in the individual and one in the Team event.


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