Oyinlomo Quadre came up short in her first round match at the Grade 2 tournament in Tunis, Tunisia today.
The 16-year-old, competing in her first match this year, was edged 7-6(4), 1-6, 6-4 by Britain’s Eva Shaw. Following a tight first set, Quadre, who claimed three ITF Junior titles last year, leveled matters in the second set to force a final set. Shaw, however, prevailed in the decider.
“I feel okay,” Quadre said after the encounter. “It was a hard match, I could have done so many things differently but it’s my first match of the year, and it wasn’t that bad.”
The youngster noted that it was a tough day, but she has taken positives out of it to prepare for her next tournaments. “Minor setback, major comeback,” the 16-year-old stated.
Quadre and Shaw will again duel, this time in the doubles event. The Nigerian teen has partnered with Salma Loudili of Morocco, and will take on the duo of Shaw and Canada’s Kayla Cross for a place in the girls doubles quarter-finals.