Abayomi Philips and Oyinlomo Quadre have continued to impress in Cotonou.
Quadre, earlier in the day, defeated Gauri Bhagia in straight sets to reach the girls’ singles final. The 16-year-old has also, now powered to the girls’ doubles title, alongside her partner, Yasmin Ezzat of Egypt. The pair, on Friday, first defeated the duo of Guari Bhagia and Onia Seke of Belgium 6-2, 7-6 in the semifinals before going on to beat Carmine Becoude and Eloundou Nga 6-1, 6-4 and claim the title.
It’s been a sensational week for Quadre, who, with her partner didn’t drop a set en route to the doubles title. The Nigerian has also not lost a set en route to the singles final, and will look to cap off a remarkable week in Cotonou by beating Vipasha Mehra in the girls’ singles final on Saturday.
Elsewhere, Abayomi Philips had to come back from an opening set loss to reach the boys’ singles final.
After completing his quarter-final match against Arnaud Sewanou on Friday, the 17-year-old took on 2nd seed, Aaryan Zaveri of India in the semis later in the day and produced a spirited display, rallying from a set down to secure a 3-6, 7-6(5), 0-1 (rtd) victory.
Philips, after losing the first set, claimed the second set via a tiebreak and forced a decider. Zaveri would take a 1-0 lead in the final set before injury forced him to retire.
Philips will now take on top seed, Sylvester Monnou of Benin Republic in Saturday’s final. Like Philips, Monnou, who has yet to drop a set so far, is seeking his 2nd title on the circuit this year.