16-Year-Old Oyinlomo Quadre Becomes First Nigerian Female Player To Reach Quarter Final In ITF World Tour
London, Oct. 18, 2019 (AltAfrica) – A Nigerian woman player, Barakat Oyinlomo Qaudre made history for female tennis in the country at the ongoing International Tennis Federation, ITF World Tour, the Lagos Open Tennis Championship, when she qualified for the first-ever quarter final stage for any Nigerian women player in the tournament.
Alternativeafrica.com reports that no Nigerian female player has made it to the quarter final of the tournament since it became an ITF circuit in 2003. The Lagos Open Tennis, which before now was known as the Governor’s Cup Lagos Tennis Championship, enters its 19th edition with players from 57 countries participating.
Clifford Enosoregbe, a Nigerian male player, was the player to play in the quarter final stage since 2016 edition.
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Unseeded Oyinlomo Quadre, who is enjoying scholarship at the ITF Centre in Morocco, courtesy of the game’s world governing, ITF, upset tournament number 8 seed, Curovic Tamara from Serbia to make a surprised qualification to the quarter final on Thursday.
Though her opponent, Tamara complained of not feeling well in the second round match, Quadre had upper hand in the first set winning 6-2, before the Serbian lady bowed out in the second set when the result read 1-0 in favour of the 16 years old Nigerian players.
An elated Oyinlomo Quadre said after the match that “It’s amazing winning this match and qualified for my first-ever quarter final of the Lagos Open Tennis. It’s like a dream come true for me because before this competition, I had it at the back of my mind that I want to get to at least the quarter final stage of this year’s tournament.
“I was a set away from achieving this set goal last week during the first leg of the tournament, but I lost my second round match in the third set. Though disappointing, I had to brace up for the challenges ahead.
“I am so happy that I achieved my set target for the Lagos Open this year and going forward, I am aiming higher for better performance that will get me to play in the final.
“I’m so glad with the motivation I received from my parent and my coach. My dad encouraged me that if Sada Nahimana, the Burundian lady, who won the first leg Women’ Singles, who is incidentally my roommate at the ITF Centre in Morocco, could get to this height, I too could also achieve that.”
Oyinlomo Quadre will play against tournament number 2 seed, Valeriya Strakhova from Russia in one of the quarter final matches on Friday.
She also spoke about the level of tennis development in Morocco, adding that there is a huge gap. “Tennis is more developed in Morocco; there are good numbers of regular tournaments in that country unlike Nigeria where we have only one or two throughout the year. This is a reason Nigerian players cannot match up mentally with these foreigners. Tennis has gone beyond physicality, players must mentally alert if they want to excel in the game.
Meanwhile, the ambition of winner of Women’s Singles in the first leg, Sada Nahimana to repeat the feat of winning the Lagos Open Tennis back to back was cut short abruptly on Thursday as the unseeded Burundian star lost gallantly to tournament number 4 seed, Slovenia’s Kolar Nastia in a game that ended 6-1-6 2-6,5-7.