Table Tennis: Ambode Hails New Nigeria Open Champion, Aruna Quadri
The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has sent out a congratulatory message to Aruna Quadri who on Sunday made history to become the first Nigerian ever to win the ITTF Challenge Nigeria Open title.
Quadri had to be at his very best to wrestle out a 4-2 win against Frenchman Antione Hachard in the men’s singles finals of the 2018 Seamaster ITTF Challenge Nigeria open.
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 and, 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 pack full with enthusiastic fans including Governor Ambode.
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.
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