15-year-old Oyinlomo Quadre gave a statement performance in only the third match of her fledgling career at the Lagos Open as she breezed past Osariemen Airhunmwunde 6-1, 6-0 to advance to the second round in Onikan for the first time.
Quadre, who has enjoyed spectacular recent weeks in the junior circuit where she claimed titles in Ghana and Lome, suffocated her older opponent throughout the 40-minute encounter.
She will, however, now have her work cut out for her when she next takes on third seed, Valeriya Strakhova, who dismissed Jasmine Jebawy 6-1, 6-0 in 67 minutes on Court 2. The result, however, doesn’t rightly depict the nature of the match. Jebawy played well, but just couldn’t make the big moments count and Strakhova, a consummate pro, took full advantage.
In the men’s field, Sylvester Emmanuel crumbled in his opening match as he was routed 6-0, 6-0 by seventh seed, Aryan Goveas of India.
Goveas, aged 20, produced some outstanding tennis, racking up 11 aces in the 48-minute victory.
Emmanuel had earlier been touted as Nigeria’s best hope for glory at the event, but when the 20-year-old failed to make any inroads on Goveas’ service game early on and then also failed to hold serve in the second game, doubts resurfaced. And while the Indian played some of the best return games you’ll see around, Emmanuel’s forehand repeatedly crumbled as Goveas, who will next face Diego Matos, ran out with an easy win.
Diego Matos of Brazil made progress with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over debutant Emmanuel Paul. Matos found the breakthrough early on in the first set as he broke Paul for a 3-2 lead and then put his foot down to run with the remainder of the set.
The second set started like the first, with both players doing good on their first two service games before Matos broke for a 3-2 lead. This time, though, he powered through the next three games and then sealed the 1 hour and 19 minute contest with an incredible ace.