Nigerian sensation, Oyinlomo Quadre will continue her grind on the ITF Junior Circuit this week in Mohammedia, when she takes on French qualifier, Belle Mohr, in the first round of the Raquette D’Or—a Grade 3 clay-court tournament—at the Royal Tennis Club de Mohammedia, Morocco.
Quadre, 15, finds herself in the top section of the draw and will have to negotiate through tricky paths early on. First, 16-year-old Belle Mohr, who is fresh off a semi-final run at a Grade 3 event in Casablanca. Just like in Casablanca last week, Mohr had to fight her way through three qualifying rounds to get into the main draw.
Meanwhile, Quadre missed out on a quarterfinal spot in that same event, where she was edged by Hungary’s Luca Janosi in straight sets. She will, however, now aim to put up an impressive run and go steps better this week.
It’s a first time meeting between the two youngsters, and should Quadre come out on top, then top seed, Eleonora Alvisi of Italy, will be waiting in the second round, provided she gets past home favourite, Sara Rhallab in the opener.
Fifth seed, Olympe Lancelot of France and Quadre could meet for the second time in as many weeks for a place in the semifinals. Quadre had dismissed the young French in straight sets in an opening round encounter in Casablanca last week.
The first round match between Quadre and Belle Mohr is live from the Royal Tennis Club de Mohammedia on Tuesday, 26 March.