Nigeria’s sensation Oyinlomo Quadri, on Wednesday, produced an absolutely stunning performance to claim a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Auertin Sarra of Tunisia and sealed a quarterfinal berth at the ITF/CAT African Junior Championship 16 & Under taking place in Tunis, Tunisia.
The 14-year-old Quadri, was puzzled by Sarra’s aggressive style which saw the eight-seeded Tunisian race to a 5-0 lead in the opening set.
Quadri, however, regained composure and pulled together strings of ferocious displays to stun the partisan crowd as she won seven straight games; adding to the disappointment of the home fans, who a day earlier, had seen them come second best to Nigeria as Matthew Abamu eliminated homeboy, Elyes Ben Abdullah, in the boy’s category.
The second set began in identical fashion as Sarra led 2-0, but she wasn’t allowed to build a substantial lead as Quadri turned the table again to lead 4-2 before seeing out the match with a 6-3 second set triumph.
“She played percentage tennis today; she is the talk of the tournament as everyone could not believe the way she kept her composure to win the match especially during the first set when everyone thought it was sealed for the Tunisian girl,” Nigeria’s coach, Mohammed Ubale said.
Quadri’s fellow, Abamu could not match the top quality of top seed and tournament favourite Eliakim Coulibaly of Cote d’Ivoire who cruised to an easy 6-0, 6-1 win.
Over 50 players from 18 countries are featuring in the week-long clay-court tournament which will see the top players featuring in European Tour as well as bagging ITF training scholarships as reward for their impressive displays.