Nigerian table tennis superstar, Aruna Quadri was bungled out of the 2018 ITTF World Tour tagged Swedish Open by Chinese Taipei’s Yun-Ju Lin in his quest to secure a place in the main draw.
After squeezing a 4-3 win past Belgium’s Robin Devos in the second round of the preliminary stage, Quadri continued his superb form earlier yesterday with a 4-0 (11-6, 12-10, 11-7, 11-4) in the third round of the preliminary to need a win to secure a place in the main draw.
Set up against the Taiwanese, Quadri was forced to change tactic by his opponent who started the encounter with 11-8 win. But Quadri fought back in the second game to win at 14-12.
But that was the best Quadri could do against the teenager who went on winning spree in the next three games to win at 11-5, 11-2, 11-3 to complete a 4-1 rout of the ITTF African Champion.
The defeat put an end to Quadri’s ambition of consolidating on his string of disappointment at the ITTF World Cup and ETTU Champions League, while he has again failed to make it to the main draw of the men’s singles at the $150,000 prize money championship.
“I think I gave my best having won two crucial matches in the tournament. I hope I can end the year on a good note. Unfortunately I lost today but that is not the end of the world as I am looking forward to compete next week at the Austrian Open which is the last ITTF World Tour for the year. I am hoping also that my two wins will help my ranking in November 2018,” Quadri said.
From today, the 16 top seed players will be tasking action from the main draw against the 16 qualifiers with all eyes on the Chinese stars – Fan Zhnedong and Xu Xin as well as returning Olympic and World Champion, Ma Long.
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