Aruna Quadri wins Chinese’s Sun Wen, moves into WTT Contender round of 16

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Aruna Quadri, Chinese’s Sun Wen, WTT Contender, round of 16
Aruna Qadri PHOTO: Wkipedia

Aruna Quadri wins Chinese’s Sun Wen, moves into WTT Contender round of 16

African Champion, Aruna Qaudri on Thursday convincingly waltzed through to the round of 16 after defeating his Chinese opponent, Sun Wen, at the ongoing World Table Tennis (WTT) Contender in Durban.

The Nigerian who is the highest ranked African and 15th in the world began his campaign with a convincing 12-10, 15-13, 11-13 and 11-8 and 3-1 victory against the highly rated Wen in the men’s singles.

Aruna’s opponent in the round of 16 would be determined after the encounter between Kilian ORY of Germany and Felix Lebrun of France.

The $75,000 prize money tournament has Brazil’s Hugo Calderano and Germany’s Nina Mittelham as number seeds in men’s and women’s singles.

The tournament ends on January 15 with winners getting 400 ranking points.

In the women’s category, Africa’s number one, Dina Meshref of Egypt is flying the continent’s flag in Durban.

Quadri Akinade Aruna (born 9 August 1988, in Oyo, Nigeria) 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.

He is the first player from Africa to be ranked in the top 10.

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 gets him many winners. He is a Gewo-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. He was also part of the Nigerian team that won bronze at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

At club level, Aruna Quadri recently teamed up with TTC RhönSprudel Maberzell Fulda, a top club in the German Bundesliga Table Tennis.

 

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