2017 ITTF World Championships: Quadri Fails Second Round Test
The adventure of Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri in the men’s singles event at 2017 ITTF World Championships has ended after suffering defeat in the hands of his Danish opponent in Thursday’ second round tie.
Despite starting well, things seem to have gone awry for Quadri as he fell 12-14, 9-11, 5-11, 6-11 (4-0).
Africa’s only other entrant into the second round, Egypt’s Omar Assar was also sent packing despite putting up a better show than his Nigerian counterpart.
Assar was conquered by Hong Kong’s Chun Ting Wong.
Despite the pedigree of his opponent ranked number seven in the world, Omar Assar was cheered by the German fans for his beautiful display against Hong Kong’s Chun Ting Wong.
With a lot of confidence, Omar Assar gave the fans something to cheer but his opponent had other tricks for the Egyptian and his hanky-panky worked out.
The Egyptian lost 4-2 to the Asian star.
Despite the early exit, Assar listed some gains from competing in Germany.
Assar spoke after losing in the round of 16 mixed doubles: “We wanted to at least make it to the medal zone having won several titles in Africa.
"We trained well and having been working together as teammates and we wanted to show that Africa can compete with the world’s best.
"Unfortunately we lost to the Spaniards but we are satisfied with our performance in the mixed doubles event.
"Generally, African players have shown that they are not pushovers with Aruna Quadri and myself now playing more with the best players in Europe and we are still young. We hope we can get up there and compete more with the best at this stage of the sport", he said.