Nigeria’s Quadri Aruna Wednesday, March 3, put up a performance worthy of a champion to beat the national champion of India, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran 3-0 in a first-round tie at the World Table Tennis (WTT) Middle East Hub taking place in Doha, Qatar.
It was the first time the two gladiators were confronting each other but it was Aruna that came out triumphant, winning the first match 11-7, the second 11-4 and the third 11-8 to complete an amazing 3-0 rout of his opponent.
Aruna said after the match:
“I am happy because everything worked well for me in the match. I had taken my time to study his game and everything I picked worked well for me in the encounter. I am looking forward to the next match and I hope to approach every match with all seriousness”.
In the next round, Aruna will be facing a familiar foe, Portugal’s Joao Geraldo, who moved to the second round because of the disqualification of his supposed first-round opponent, Yang Wang, for breaking Covid-19 protocols put in place by the organisers.
Meanwhile, in the women’s division, six-time African women champion, Dina Meshref of Egypt was thrashed by Korea Republic’s Hyowon Suh 3-1 (12-10, 8-11, 11-5, 11-5).
Meshref and Omar Assar are still in the race in the mixed doubles event of the championship.
According to The Nation, the WTT Star Contender event, which is worth $200,000, will continue for six days while the WTT Contender event is scheduled for four days of non-stop action, with each tourney having men and women’s singles, men and women’s doubles and mixed doubles competitions.