Oyinlomo Quadre, alongside her partner, Salma Loudili of Morocco finished as runner-up in the doubles event of the 13ème Tournoi International Juniors de Tlemcen, a Grade 2 clay-court event in Tlemcen, Algeria.

The duo had defeated the Algerian pair of Ines Bekrar and Rehab Mebarki in the first round in straight sets and the Finn-Dutch tandem of Alexandra Antilla and Clarine Lerby, who were seeded top, in straight sets, too, to reach the semifinals.

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Quadre and Loudili in action.

In the semis, Quadre and Loudili would combine brilliantly to rally from a set down and beat Sara Akid and Yasmine Kabbaj 4-6, 6-4, 10-6. But they were outdueled in the final, losing 6-7, 6-4, 10-6 to the Italian pair of Matilde Mariani and Asia Serafini on Friday.

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In the singles event, however, Quadre had retired due to injury midway through her quarter-final match against Yasmine Kabbaj on Thursday. Despite that, Quadre is encouraged by her performance and has taken positives from the week in Algeria.

“My performance was okay. I would say I am not backing down yet,” noted Quadre. “And this week, I gave it my all although I came out short in the singles, I tried my best and I have a lot of lessons to take home.”

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Doubles runner-up, Quadre and Akid (1st & 2nd from left, front row) and winners, Antilla and Lerby pose with their trophies alongside Quadre’s ITF coach, Rosemary (far right) and tennis lovers.

The Nigerian has had a sensational month, in which she secured a third-place finish at the African Junior Closed Championships for 16 & Under in Hammamet, Tunisia, and then, her biggest career title-win at the ITF Junior Tennis Club de Megrine also in Tunisia, a victory that propelled her to a career-high ranking of 202 on the ITF Junior World Rankings.

Given the absence of the Grade 2 or 3 tournaments anytime soon, Quadre, who’ll turn 16 on May 1st, is looking to have a nice time off competitive action.

“I will rest for the next one month or two,” she said. “Hopefully have a nice birthday and practice while doing Ramadan.”