Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri Crashes Out Of ITTF World Cup
African champion Aruna Quadri has been knocked out of the 2018 ITTF Men’s World Cup in Paris.
The Nigerian failed to reach the last 16 after losing his two matches in Group B on Friday.
He lost his first match to Gauzy Simon of France 3-4 and the second match 2-4 to 18 year-old Kanak Jha, bronze medallist at the recent Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games.
It was the biggest upset of the day, as American Kanak Jha is seeded 18th, while Quadri is seeded 14th.
“Today was a bad day for me. That’s sport. I think I played a bit better in the first match. I knew that the second match would be very difficult and I didn’t start very well, making it an uphill battle,” the 2016 Olympic Games quarter-finalist said.
”It’s an unbelievable atmosphere here and one of the best I’ve seen so far in the world. I think it’s a very good tournament. I’ll now be going back to my club in Portugal and will continue to train and work hard.”