Second round action at the NTF International Junior Championships continues on Thursday, with Oyinlomo Quadre, the tournament’s top seed, kickstarting her campaign. Last week’s champion, Marylove Edwards, who’s seeded 2nd this week, will also be in action on the day.
Quadre, who didn’t compete in the first leg, will begin her quest for a third ITF Junior title this year, when she takes on her compatriot, Omolayo Bamidele, in the second round. The top seed has been in superb form all year, winning titles in Megrine, Tunisia, in April, and in Cotonou, Benin Republic, in September. She rode the momentum into the ITF World Tennis Tour, where she reached the quarter-finals of the Lagos Open last month. Can she continue in that rich vein of form here?
Bamidele, meanwhile, was very impressive in her first round match on Tuesday, beating last week’s semi-finalist, Rebecca Ekpenyong, in straight sets. Can she build on that against Quadre?
Marylove Edwards is currently on a 5-match winning streak, and having claimed her maiden ITF Junior title in the first leg last week, the 14-year-old certainly harbours hopes of doing the double. She begins that quest against Austria’s Morenikeji Durowoju. Durowoju fell short in the second round last week and will be aiming to go one better this time.
In the boys field, Abayomi Philips will look to remain on course for a second title this year, when he plays qualifier, David John for a place in the quarter-finals. Both boys were in fine form in their opening matches on Tuesday, with Philips claiming a 6-3, 6-3 win over Gaddafi Yakubu, and John overpowering Britain’s Abdulraheem Isa for a 6-2, 6-4 win. It will be a first-time meeting between both boys. Who will prevail?
In other match-ups, first leg champion, Canice Abua takes on Rubi Toba, with a place in the boys singles quarter-finals on the line. Abua is on a six-match winning streak, hasn’t dropped a set in any of those matches and will look to keep it going.
Last week’s runner-up, Musa Mohammed will go head-to-head with Elisha Olowogbile, while Gabriel Friday confronts 2nd seed, Assil Boussayari of Morocco.
Thursday’s Full Order of Play