Oyinlomo Quadre claimed her 3rd ITF Junior title of the season, following a comfortable straight-sets victory over 2nd seed, Marylove Edwards, in the second leg of the NTF International Junior Championships in Abuja today.
Quadre, Nigeria’s No. 1 junior player, outclassed her compatriot 6-1, 6-0, adding the J5 Abuja title to the Megrine and Cotonou titles, she won in April and September, respectively.
Edwards, who claimed the first leg title last week, came into Sunday’s final on a 7-match winning streak, but was overwhelmed by Quadre, who dictated proceedings from the start and was determined not to allow the 14-year-old settle into any sort of rhythm.
It’s been a remarkable week for Quadre, who also captured the girls doubles title in partnership with Marylove Edwards.
While Quadre’s victory over Edwards was quick and efficient, Musa Mohammed had to dig deep to beat the tournament’s top seed, Abayomi Philips, 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-2 and claim the boys singles title – his first title-triumph on the ITF Junior Circuit.
Philips, bidding for his second ITF title, had made the better start, quickly opening up a 3-0 lead in the first set, but Mohammed, with the crowd willing him on, won 6 of the next 7 games to take the set. The second set was tight and neither player was able to sustain a lead as it went into a tiebreak. Abayomi, however, stormed through the tiebreaker to force a final set.
Determined to avoid a repeat of the first leg final in which he lost to Canice Abua, Mohammed produced some of his finest tennis to outclass Philips, breaking twice – in the 6th game for 4-2 and in the 8th game – to clinch the biggest title of his career yet.
The talented 17-year-old also claimed the boys doubles title on Saturday, partnering Ghana’s Desmond Ayaaba.