Following her sensational title-winning run at the ITF Junior Tennis Club de Megrine- a Grade 3 hard-court tournament in Megrine, Tunisia, Nigeria’s Oyinlomo Quadre has moved up 118 places to be ranked 202 on the ITF World Junior Rankings.
Being ranked 202nd makes her the 4th highest-ranked African on the ITF Junior Ranking log, just behind Aisha Niyonkuru of Burundi, South Africa’s Delien Kleinhans, and Sada Nahimana also of Burundi, in ascending order.
“Normally, the farthest I have ever gone in a Grade 3 is the second round, so I am really happy,” said Quadre on her title-run in Megrine. “I am really excited to see my new ranking as well.”
“I am so happy with this latest achievement because this year has really been a tough one. There’s been a lot of ups and downs for me so this tournament [in Megrine] really meant a lot to me.
The 15-year-old will return to action at the Grade 2 clay-court event in Tlemcen, Algeria, this week, and she’s feeling pumped. “I’m looking forward to the next few tournaments, clay, hard, grass; whichever surface there is, I am ready,” she said.
Earlier in the year, the teenage sensation, then ranked 326th on the ITF World Junior Rankings, had hoped to move up 200 places to be ranked inside the top 150 by the end of the year. She is now already very close, and the end of the year is still a far way. She’s, however, not laxed and has her sights set on higher conquests.
“My dreams remain the same. I want to be a professional tennis player, I want to win grand slams someday, and I know I still have a long way to go but I’m not stopping yet,” she said.
“I’m not going to stop until I get there.”
“I’ll like to say thank you to everyone; the organizers of the tournament in Tunisia and to the Grand Slam Development Fund for helping me achieving this feat.”
Quadre will be seeking to keep up the momentum in Tlemcen this week. She’s received a first round bye there, and will take on home favourite, Ines Bekrar in the second round on Wednesday.