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.
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.
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.
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.