Oyinlomo Quadre, the tournament’s No. 1 seed, produced a near-perfect performance to beat Loveth Donatus and move into the quarter-finals of the Rainoil Open today.
Bidding for her third straight national title, the 16-year-old surrendered just a game in a comprehensive 6-0, 6-1 victory. The supremely talented youngster will next take on 5th seed, Patience Onebamhoin, who advanced following a 6-1, 3-1 (rtd) win over Bukola Olowu, who retired due to injury midway through the second set.
4th seed, Christie Agugbom defeated youngster, Oiza Yakubu, 6-4, 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals.
The contest – a repeat of their quarter-final encounter here last year, which Agugbom won – began with Yakubu breaking in the opening game of the first set, but Agugbom broke back immediately for 1-1. Both players would again trade breaks, before staying on serve until the 10th game, where Agugbom broke to take the set.
Yakubu would open a 3-1 lead in the second set, but the 37-year-old Agugbom fought back to draw level before carving out the decisive break in the 10th game to secure victory.
Up next for Agugbom is 8th seed, Omolayo Bamidele, who claimed an easy 6-1, 6-2 win over Oluchi Ozurumba.
3rd seed and defending champion, Blessing Samuel overcame wildcard, Marylove Edwards 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. Samuel, who’s looking to defend her title this week, will next face Ibironke Oladipo who made light work of Amala Nwokolo, winning 6-1, 6-0.
Elsewhere, 2nd seed Aanu Aiyegbusi kept up her superb form as she eased past Toyin Asogba 6-3, 6-0 to also move into the quarter-finals, where she plays Stella Udokwelu, who defeated Omolade Aderemi 6-4, 6-4.
In the women’s doubles, Temitope Fashanu and Ramota Odeyemi rallied from a set down to beat Abies Amadasun and Oiza Yakubu 5-7, 6-3, 10-7 and move into the quarter-finals, where they fell to the pair of Oyinlomo Quadre and Omolayo Bamidele 6-0, 6-2.
Quadre and Bamidele will take on Patience Onebamhoin and Oluchi Ozurumba, who defeated Blessing Anuna and Ibironke Oladipo 6-1, 6-2.
The top-seeded duo of Christie Agugbom and Blessing Samuel thrashed Bunmi Are and Khadijat Salami 6-0, 6-0 to advance to the semifinals, where they’ll play Osariemen Airhunwhunde and Aanu Aiyegbusi who beat Mariam Ali-balogun and Olamide Aluko 6-1, 6-2.