Nigeria’s Oyinlomo Quadre, made a statement performance in the first round of the ITF/CAT North African Circuit event in Casablanca, beating France’s Olympe Lancelot 6-3, 6-1 to reach the second round of the Grade 3 clay-court tournament on Monday.
Having fallen just short in the opening round of the African Closed Junior Championships in Marrakesh last week, Quadre went one better, this time in Casablanca, to secure a comfortable straight sets victory against the 5th-seeded French at the Oceanic Club Casablancais in Morocco.
“Well, I tried to improve my game tactically,” the 15-year-old said in a post-match interview. “So today I had a game plan and I worked with it.
“Basically, she [Lancelot] is a leftie, who likes to spin. I just made it my goal to find a solution to every single thing she does,” she added.
Up next for Quadre is unseeded Hungarian, Janosi Luca, who dismissed Aisha Niyonkuru of Burundi 6-2, 6-0.
While Quadre will take a lot of confidence into the match with Luca, she will leave nothing to chance against her unseeded opponent.
“In Grade 3 and 2, even the unseeded players are top 200 or 300, so every match is tough,” the Nigerian said.
With her second round match likely to be on Wednesday, Quadre will, on Tuesday, have plenty of time to rest and prepare for the encounter