Oyinlomo Quadre, who rose to the top of the NTF women’s singles rankings, following her superb title-run at the Dala Hard Court Championship in Kano two weeks ago, faces a relatively smooth path to the final at the Rainoil Open.
The 16-year-old, looking to add the Rainoil Open title to the CBN Open and Dala Hard Court titles she’s claimed this year, begins her campaign against Christie Nwankwo in the first round and could face either Bunmi Are or Loveth Donatus in the second round.
A quarter-final meeting with 5th seed, Patience Onebamhoin, awaits, provided Quadre avoids any slip ups and Onebamhoin beats Mary Udoffa in the first round and Bukola Olowu or qualifier, Omotayo Osewa, in the second. The potential encounter between Quadre and Onebamhoin will be a repeat of the pair’s semifinal encounter at the Dala Hard Court, which Quadre won. 3rd seed and defending champion, Blessing Samuel is a possible semifinal opponent.
Samuel, who is in the same quarter of the draw with Marylove Edwards, begins her title-defense campaign against Osariemen Airhunwhunde, and could face wildcard, Marylove Edwards in the second round, with 7th seed, Ibironke Oladipo a possible quarter-final opponent. Edwards, 14, recently emerged winner in the first leg of the NTF International Junior Championships – her first title on the ITF Junior Circuit – and will be aiming to translate that form onto the national scene. She takes on qualifier, Nene Yakubu, in her opening match.
Aanu Aiyegbusi, the tournament’s second seed, is in the bottom half of the draw. Aiyegbusi, who finished as runner-up at the Dala Championship in Kano, kick-starts her Rainoil Open campaign against qualifier, Ramota Odeyemi, with either Toyin Asogba or Jumai Mohammed waiting in the second round.
6th seed, Blessing Anuna, who plays Omolade Aderemi in the opening round match, could face Aiyegbusi in the quarter-finals — a repeat of their quarter-final contest at the Dala event, which Aiyegbusi won. Whoever comes through that could face either 4th seed, Christie Agugbom or 8th seed, Omolayo Bamidele in the semifinal. That’s provided Agugbom or Bamidele negotiate their section of the draw successfully.
The 2019 Rainoil Open is live from the Lagos Country Club, Ikeja, from 2 December – 8 December.