He has since 2018 been playing second fiddle to Egyptian Omar Assar in finals of continental tournaments until yesterday in Algiers, the table turned.
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Toast of the home fans Aruna was not really tested in his group as he recorded 3-0 wins over Senegal’s Hamidou Sow and Congo Brazzaville’s Saheed Idowu.
The tournament, which serves as the continental qualifiers for the end-of-the-year WTT Cup Finals, will have 28 men and 20 women from 13 countries competing for the singles titles.
World number 19 Omar Assar will be leading the six-man Egyptian contingent to the 2022 ITTF Africa Cup taking place…
Nigeria’s Aruna became the first African to reach the quarterfinal after his quarterfinal finish at Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.
A record eighth Olympics Games appearance for Nigeria’s Segun Toriola was halted by Egypt’s duo of Omar Assar and Dina Meshref after Toriola and Olufunke Oshonaike lost in the mixed doubles finals of the Africa Olympic Qualifying Tournament at the weekend in Tunis.
For the first time in the last two editions, the defending champion of the men’s singles will not be playing in the final of the 2020 ITTF Africa Top 16 Cup after Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri beat defending champion, Egypt’s Omar Assar, 4-3 in the semifinal on Tuesday in Tunis.
From the knockout draw conducted on Saturday, number one seed, Aruna Quadri of Nigeria, may slug it out with Egypt’s Omar Assar in the semifinal of the men’s singles at the 2019 ITTF Africa Cup holding at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos.
Africa’s biggest exports in table tennis – Aruna Quadri of Nigeria and Omar Assar of Egypt – will be reigniting their standing rivalry as they battle each other in the European Table Tennis Union Champions League on September 27 in Dusseldorf, Germany.
The ranking, which was released on Tuesday by the world table tennis ruling body, has Quadri jumping two steps up to 20th rated player in the world.
To win the tournament in 2016 in Khartoum, Sudan, Quadri defeated Omar Assar of Egypt 4-2, while Meshref also beat Edem Offiong of Nigeria
Quadri now dwarfed his best of 25th in the ranking to displace Egypt’s Omar Assar as the continent’s best ranked player in the world.
Having worked their way into the main draw (round of 16) of the prestigious tournament, Quadri’s dream of repeating the 2014 quarterfinal feat was extinguished by Japan’s Jun Mizutani, while Assar met his waterloo against World and Olympic champion, China’s Ma Long.
Quadri and Assar confirmed their qualification after winning one of their group matches to finish second in Group A and C of the first round stage of the competition
The tournament, which has the best 20 players drawn across the world through qualifiers, will on Friday at the Country Hall in Liege begin hostilities at the third most prestigious tournaments in the ITTF Calendar.
Quadri, who claimed his first title in the Portuguese league at the weekend after lifting the Portuguese Super Cup with Sporting, is joined on the seeding list by Sporting’s teammate, Joao Monteiro
Already, Aruna Quadri qualified in July as the winner of the ITTF Africa Cup and Omar Assar was confirmed as the second continental flag bearer based on his world ranking. Also after the conclusion of the ITTF Asian Cup held in India, the Egyptian is ranked among the top 40 in the world to be considered as qualifier for the 20-man tournament.
As the most successful player in the history of the championship and since the inception of the ITTF Challenge Nigeria Open in 2013, Egypt’s Omar Assar has been unbeaten apart from his absence in 2016, which paved way for Finland’s Benedek Olah to claim the men’s singles title.
In the seeding list released at the weekend by the International Table Tennis Federation, Quadri, who is ranked 29 in the world, tops the men’s list, while his continental rival, Egypt’s Omar Assar, is number two seed.
Three-time Nigeria Open men’s singles champion– Egypt’s Omar Assar; 2016 champion – Finland’s Benedek Olah as well as 2016 Belgium Open Champion, India’s Sathiyan Gnanasekaran