Following her great exploits on the national scene in 2019, Oyinlomo Quadre is looking to do even more this year, as she seeks to attain new heights in her budding career.
The talented teenager secured all four national titles last year in Nigeria in stunning style, emerging winner at the CBN Open, Dala Hard Court Championship, the Rainoil Open, and the Vemp Open without dropping a set. Her title-triumph at the Dala Championship took her to the top of the NTF women’s singles rankings.
The 16-year-old also enjoyed success on the ITF World Junior Tennis Tour, where she won 3 titles. First, a Grade 3 triumph at the ITF Junior Tennis Club de Megrine in Tunisia in April before claiming the J4 Cotonou title in Benin Republic in September and a home victory at the J5 Abuja in November. Her exploits on the ITF Junior Tour has sent her into the top 200 to be ranked at 167 on the ITF World Junior Rankings.
She’s, however, looking to improve on that and move up the rankings log, and has set her sights on winning her first tournament of the 2020 season, which will be a Grade 2 event in Tunisia.
“My next tournament is in Tunisia J2, and my goal is to win the tournament and improve my ranking,” Quadre, who’s aiming for a top-50 place on the ITF World Junior Rankings by year-end, said.
On the ITF World Tour last year, the youngster reached the quarter-finals of the Lagos Open, beating Tamara Curovic, then a 9-time ITF World Tour champion along the way, and becoming the first Nigerian female player to go that far at the event in Onikan. Quadre says she has plans to compete at the Lagos Open this year, but will prepare for that by playing in more events on the WTA Circuit.
“I am looking to compete there again,” she said. “But before then, I will like to play more on the WTA circuit to prepare more for the Lagos Open.”
Quadre will be in action at the Grade 2 hard-court event in Tunis, Tunisia from 21 January, where she’ll look to kick-start the new season on a fine note.