Oyinlomo Quadre has moved up 17 places from 228 on the ITF World Junior Rankings to be ranked at 211, following her superb title-run at the Grade 4 tournament in Cotonou, Benin Republic, a week ago.
The 16-year-old, who had not competed on the junior circuit since her quarterfinal exit at the Grade 2 tournament in Tlemcen, Algeria in April, returned to action in Cotonou with a bang, as she impressively moved through the singles draw to claim the title without the loss of a set and also clinch the doubles, partnering Yasmin Ezzat of Egypt.
The youngster is currently the 4th highest-ranked female player in Africa, behind Sada Nahimana of Burundi, Yasmine Kabbaj of Morocco and Burundi’s Aisha Niyonjuru, who are ranked 15th, 160th and 190th, respectively, on the junior standings.
On the boys’ rankings, Abayomi Philips has continued to rise, following his exceptional performances on the circuit. The Nigerian has now moved 192 spots to be ranked 576th in the world as at Monday, 23 September.
After an 11-month hiatus, Philips returned to the circuit and instantly achieved success, as he won the GTFLifetime Athletic Open title in Ghana in August – his maiden ITF Junior title. He would put together other strong performances, with runner-up finishes at the Grade 5 event in Lome and the Grade 4 event in Cotonou (last week) on either side of a round of 16 exit at the Grade 4 tournament in Lome.
Since his return in August, the 17-year-old has produced a 14-3 win-loss record in singles and will certainly look to keep improving.