By Olayinka Elebute And Oluwole Francis
Nigerian team to the just concluded Billie Jean King Cup competition returned to the country yesterday Sunday, 20 June, 2021 after a wonderful outing in Lithuania.
The Nigeria trio of Oyinlomo Quadre, Adesuwa Osabuohien and Sarah Adegoke with the feat became the first Nigerian ladies to participate in a Billie Jean King Cup tournament.
According to the Caretaker President of the Nigeria Tennis Federation (NTF), Engineer Ifedayo Akindoju, their appearance at the World Cup of tennis ended with two wins out of four, including 3-0, 2-1 victories against Kosovo and Armenia respectively.
While the match against Kosovo, where Nigeria earned her first ever win in the tournament, was relatively easy for the team, the tie against Armenia was a bit difficult for the Nigerian ladies.
The final match against a more experienced Cyprus side did not end well for the Nigerian team, as they were beaten hands down.
Regardless of the loss to Cyprus, the Nigerian team held their own and shone like millions.
Osabuohien secured Nigeria’s first ever win in a Billie Jean King Cup tournament while Quadre has now won most matches (two) for Nigeria at the event.
After this groundbreaking feat in faraway Europe, our correspondent has now gathered that the ladies return home on Sunday.
While Osabuohien returned to her base in the United States, Adegoke, Quadre, Coach Rotimi Akinloye and the NTF President arrived back in the country Sunday evening.