Up and coming player Oyinlomo Barakat Quadre on Monday continued her impressive showing with a commanding 6-1, 6-0 win over fellow Nigerian Osariemen Airhunmwunde at the Lagos Open Tennis competition. The win put Oyinlomo in the second round on a day many Nigerians were eliminated from the ITF championship.
The teenager, who won two singles titles at ITF Junior Circuits in September, was in control all through against the former Nigeria number four-ranked player, wrapping up the match in less than an hour as Nigerians celebrated the country’s Independence anniversary.
Oyinlomo who is a wild card entrant has been steadily moving up since her return from the ITF High Performance Centre in Casablanca, Morocco.
The Men’s Singles started awfully for local hopefuls as Nigeria’s number two Sylvester Emmanuel crashed out in the first round bowing to a 6-0, 6-0 defeat by India’s Arvean Govea.
The defeat shook Emmanuel to the bones as he had hoped to make a mark in the upgraded tournament by featuring in tournaments in Monastir, Tunisia last week.
His sojourn to the North African country followed his winning the CBN Open and the Vemp Open, the last two national tournaments in Nigeria but the lessons from the trip hardly played out back in Lagos.
Govea who said he had also beaten Emmanuel previously in another tournament attributed his win to the enormous pressure that his opponent was put through noting he (Emmanuel) is popular among the Nigerian fans.
Indeed a forgetful day for Nigeria was completed as Joseph Imeh, who like Emmanuel was a wild card beneficiary, also succumbed to first round defeat.
In another women’s singles match, Valeriy Strakhova of Ukraine eased to a 6-1, 6-0 win over Jasmin Jebawy of Germany.