Lagos state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode have congratulated Aruna Quadri after the Nigerian Table Tennis star won the ITTF Nigerian Open over the weekend.
Aruna Qaudri on Sunday at the Molade Okoya Thomas Hall inside the Teslim Balogun Stadium added another feather to his cap; winning his maiden ITTF Challenge Nigeria open title. Quadri had to dig deep to battle to a 4-2 victory against Frenchman Antione Hachard in the men’s singles finals of the 2018 Seamaster ITTF Challenge Nigeria open.
— Akinwunmi Ambode (@AkinwunmiAmbode) August 12, 2018
Hachard dominated the early proceedings; winning the first set 13-11; but Quadri came back strong taking the second set 11-3.
Hachard was back in front after the third game; winning that 11-8; but again, Quadri leveled with 11-7.
Quadri brought on his mastery at the fifth game dusting Hachard to win at 11-5 before finishing up 11-8 in the sixth set to light up the atmosphere of the Molade Okoya-Thomas Indoor Sports Hall which was packed full with enthusiastic fans including Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.
Amongst the cheering crowd on Sunday was also former Lagos Commissioner for Sports, Enitan Oshodi, NFF First Vice President, Seyi Akinwunmi, NRA President Tade Azeez, music star, Tony Tetuila, and other top dignitaries.
Quadri who had failed to win the top prize in past four attempts confessed his victory on Sunday was made possible by the fans.
“The support of the fans was simply amazing. They played for me and made the victory possible. I dedicate this moment to all the fans and supporters,” the new champion said on Sunday.
The women singles was a family affair between two Chinese duo of Guo Yan and Sun Chen with the former winning 4-3.
Quadri Aruna is a Nigerian table tennis player. He competed for Nigeria at the 2012 Summer Olympics and 2016 Summer Olympics, reaching the quarter-finals in the latter competition.
At the World Cup 2014, he reached the quarter finals in the Men’s Singles competition.
In the 2017 ITTF World Challenge Bulgaria Open he advanced to the semi-finals where he was defeated in a tight match by eventual winner Dimitrij Ovtcharov. Aruna is known for his forehand oriented playing style, which enables him to get lots of winners. He is a Joola sponsored player.
In 2014, he was ranked number 30 in world table tennis, and the International Table Tennis Federation named him the Star Player of the year. His peak world ranking was 25, which he held from September 2016- January 2017. Currently he is ranked 27th in the ITTF male world rankings. He was also part of the Nigerian team that won bronze at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
He is a member of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps. He is married to another table tennis player. Quadri attended Oba Adeyemi High School, Oyo State, Nigeria, where he represented the school, Oyo East Local Government Area and Oyo State at various table tennis competitions.