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Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri loses to China’s Zhendong Fan, exits WTT Finals

Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri loses to China’s Zhendong Fan, exits WTT Finals

Nigeria’s highest-ranked table tennis player, Quadri Aruna, has exited the World Table Tennis Men’s finals in Doha.

He exited following a 0-3 (6-11 9-11 4-11) defeat to World number one, Zhendong Fan.

The quarterfinal game at the Lusail Sports Arena on Thursday saw the Chinese dominate the game.

Aruna, the World number 16, came close in the second set but Fan showed class and claimed victory.

Aruna Quadri, Nigeria, Zhendong Fan, China, WTT Finals
Zhendong Fan (top) hits Aruna Quadri of Nigeria out of the WTT Finals Men Doha 2023 table tennis tournament in Doha, Qatar, Jan. 4, 2024.
Photo: Nikku/Xinhua

The Nigerian had earlier defeated World number five, Brazil’s Hugo Calderano 3-2 in the Round of 16 before facing Fan in the Quarterfinals.

The World number one will meet his compatriot Lin Gaoyuan, world number seven in the semi-finals on Friday.

The tournament expected to end on Friday has a prize money of 340,000 US dollars.

The Nigerian had, a day earlier, dished out one of the biggest wins of his career as he stormed a comeback victory over Hugo Calderano. Trailimg for most of the time, he was able to save a match point and a monumental 3-2 (7-11, 2-11, 11-9, 12-10, 12-10) win to move to the quaterfinals where he met his waterloo in te hands of Fan.

 

With reports from NAN

 

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