Table Tennis: Aruna Quadri Retains Nigeria Open Title

by on August 12, 2019

Africa’s highest-ranked table tennis player, Aruna Quadri, has retained the Nigeria Open Men’s Singles title after defeating Austria’s Gardos Robert 4-2 on Sunday in Lagos.

Quadri, ranked number 22 in the world, went on a thrilling six games decider (15-13, 11-3, 8-11, 11-6, 10-12, 11-1) to defeat world ranked number 64, Gardos, at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos.

With his latest feat, Quadri has equalled the record hitherto solely held by Omar Assar; wining the Nigeria Open back-to-back.

Assar won Nigeria Open in 2014 and defended it in 2015 to become the only player to achieve the feat before Quadri did same on Sunday

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Quadri won the tournament in 2018 and has successfully defended it in 2019.

He walked home with $7,000 for winning the 2019 championship.

Reacting to the victory, Quadri said he was happy to win the title again, adding that an injury almost discouraged him.

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