In spite of her recent overwhelming win in the Doubles of the Grade 2 Invitational event held in Pretoria, South Africa, Nigeria’s Oyinlomo Quadre has lost the top spot in Africa.
Nigeria Tennis Live had reported that the Morocco-based Nigerian youngster became the best player on the continent after an amazing run of form in the Grade 3 Junior ITF event in South Africa which climaxed in a big win for her.
But after her recent slip in the invitational tournament, she could not build on the momentum to maintain her number one spot; but she was quite better in the Doubles event, winning the competition comfortably.
The recent junior rankings released by the world’s organizing body for the sport showed that she is now the second most placed player in Africa even though she moved up four places on the world rankings.
According to Nigeria Tennis Live checks, Quadre, the Nigerian number one female tennis star, is now ranked 128 on the log, her highest ranking spot ever since she burst into limelight years ago.
Her closest rival, Yasmine Kabbaj from Morocco, is now the African number one junior after moving 24 places to reach 108 on the world rankings, and is being closely followed by Ines Bekrar from Algeria.
The Algerian youngster amassed a massive 124 points, to move to 131 on the world rankings released on Monday, 17 February.
In the boys’ category, Abayomi Phillips keeps dropping off the mark as he is still in search of his first win in Europe. The Nigerian number one junior player is now ranked 357 in the world after dropping another 15 points on the log.
Next to him is Musa Mohammed who benefited from the two weeks of Abuja ITF championship in 2019 to shoot into the world rankings. He places 667 on the log.
Emmanuel Jebutu, the third Nigerian among the top 1000 in the world, also dropped points in the recent rankings released, he is now ranked 736 after losing 10 points.