Quadri Aruna Exits ITTF World Cup After Consecutive Losses

Quadri Aruna, the sole Nigerian representative at the 2024 ITTF World Cup in Macao, China, faced disappointment as he was eliminated from the competition after suffering two consecutive defeats.

Having made history as the first African table tennis player to reach the quarter-finals in the ITTF World Cup, Aruna had high hopes for this year’s tournament. However, those hopes were dashed on Wednesday, April 17, as he faced off against Portugal’s Marcos Freitas.

In what initially seemed like a promising match, Aruna started strong against Freitas but ultimately failed to maintain his momentum, resulting in a 3-1 defeat (12-10, 11-9, 11-9, 3-11).

This loss followed a significant setback on Tuesday, where Aruna experienced a crushing 4-0 defeat against Daniel Gonzalez of Croatia. Despite expectations for a rebound in his subsequent match, Aruna was unable to secure a victory.

Although Aruna’s performance at the ITTF World Cup was disappointing, Egyptian player Omar Assar showcased impressive form, notably defeating Swedish national champion Truls Moregardh 3-1 (15-13, 9-11, 11-6, 11-5).

Assar’s success continued as he secured a 4-0 victory over Noshad Alamiyan of Iran, emerging as the winner of Group 16 and advancing to the next round of the competition. His triumph positions him as a contender for the coveted $1 million prize in the men’s singles category.


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