Oyinlomo Quadre, aiming to reach her first ITF semifinals at the Lagos Open, came up short against the tournament’s second seed, Valeriya Strakhova, in three sets on Court 5 today.

Quadre had taken the opening set, but Strakhova, who’s bidding for her 13th ITF title, staged a comeback to claim a hard-fought 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 win in over 2 hours and 30 minutes of absorbing tennis.

Quadre started brightly as she raced to a 3-0 lead in the first set and then went 5-2 up after breaking the 382nd-ranked Ukrainian for the second time in the set in the 6th game and consolidating with a hold in the 7th. Strakhova would fight back, winning the next three games to draw level at 5-5, but a break to love for Quadre in the 12th game gave her the set.

However, the 24-year-old Ukrainian dug deep in the second set to keep Quadre at bay and force a third set, where she ultimately wore down the 16-year-old to secure victory.

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Oyinlomo Quadre was the only unseeded player left in the women’s singles draw and was looking to reach her first semis on the ITF World Tour.

Up next for Strakhova is Nastja Kolar, who defeated last week’s finalist, Laura Pigossi, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5.

Elsewhere, India’s Riya Bhatia rallied admirably from an opening set loss to stun top seed, Seone Mendez 4-6, 6-0, 6-0 and move into the last four, where she will take on her countrywoman, Rutuja Bhosale, who dismissed 3rd seed, Sandra Samir, 6-2, 6-0.

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Riya Bhatia came through against Seone Mendez of Australia.

In the men’s field, Calvin Hemery remained on course for back-to-back Lagos Open titles with a ruthless 6-3, 6-0 victory over 2nd seed, Benjamin Lock, in an hour and 18 minutes, stretching his winning streak to 8 matches. Hemery will play Tunisia’s Aziz Ouakaa in Saturday’s semifinal.

Ouakaa had rallied from a set down and was leading 5-7, 6-4, 4-2 before his countryman, Aziz Dougaz retired.

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20-year-old Aziz Ouakaa is into his first-ever ITF semiifinals.

Gianni Mina also retired, while midway through his contest with Zimbabwe’s Takanyi Garanganga. Mina had trailed the 2015 finalist 4-6, 0-1. Up next for Garanganga is Aldin Setkic, who defeated David Pichler for the second time in the space of a week, winning 6-7, 6-1, 6-3.