Oyinlomo Quadre became the first Nigeria female player to qualify for the quarter final of the Lagos Open International Tennis Championship in recent times, after tournament’s eight seed Tamara Curovic retired in their second round.
Quadre stunned her experienced opponent 6-2 in the first set before Curovic retired in the second set while trailing 1-0.
The win has indeed brought to past the pre-tournament ambition of Quadre who told newsmen that she hopes to make it to the quarterfinal this year.
However, the Nigerian will face another Herculean task when she faces number two seed, Ukraine’s Valeriya Strakhova.
Also, first leg of winner, Burundi’s Sada Nahimana was bundled out by number four seed, Slovenia’s Nastja Kolar in a keenly contested encounter.
The Burundian teenager won the first set at 6-1 but the Ukrainian stormed back to win the second set 6-2. The third set brought out the best in both players but the European won 7-5. Egypt’s Sandra Samir beat Russia’s Kukharchuk, Nika 6-4, 6-2; Ukraine’s Strakhova Valeriya booted out Germany’s Jasmin Jebawy 6-0, 6-1, while India’s Bhatia Riya also defeated South Africa’s Isabella Kruger 7-5, 6-4.
Also, the organisers of the tournament in partnership with America-based Genesis Tennis Academy have been tutoring young players on the rudiment of the sport.
The clinic was organized by former national champion Jonathan Igbinovia who said the clinic and mini tournament became very important in order to bring back the lost glory of the sport.