Nigeria’s Oyinlomo Quadri, yesterday produced a stunning 7-5, 6-3 win over Auertin Sarra of Tunisia to booked a quarter-final spot at the ongoing ITF/CAT African Junior Championship 16 and Under holding in Tunis, Tunisia.
The 14-year-old Quadri was puzzled by Sarra’s aggressive style which saw the Tunisian number eight seed raced to a 5-0 lead in the opening set. However, Quadri rose to the occasion and stunned the large home crowd, who showed tremendous support for their compatriot, by winning seven straight set to add 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 an identical fashion as Sarra lead 2-0 but she would not be allowed to build another huge lead as Quadri turned the table once more to lead 4-2 before seeing out the match with a 6-3 second set triumph.
Quadri’s Nigerian fellow, Abamu could not match the top quality of top seed and title 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.