Aruna Reaches Quarter-Final In Houston, Improves African Record

Aruna Reaches Quarter-Final In Houston, Improves African Record 2
Nigeria’s Quadri Aruna is seen in motion on the World Championship in Houston. Picture courtesy: ITTF.


Nigeria’s Quadri Aruna has turn into the primary African to succeed in the quarter-final stage within the historical past of the ITTF World Table Tennis Championships Finals.

The Nigerian is making a loud assertion and his presence is being felt amidst the array of stars competing on the 2021 ITTF World Table Tennis Championships Finals happening on the George R. Brown Convention Centre in Houston, Texas, United States.

Record Breaker

Earlier on Thursday, Aruna smashed the spherical of 32 document set in 2019 by Egypt’s duo of Omar Assar and Ahmed Saleh after beating India’s Sathiyan Gnanasekaran 4-3 (11-9, 7-11, 13-15, 11-3, 4-11, 11-9, 11-7) into the spherical of 16.

But late on Friday, November 26, he erased the document to set one other one with a spot within the quarterfinal of the championships.

In the spherical of 16 contest, the 2014 ITTF World Player of Year improved the document to turn into the primary Nigerian and African participant to function within the final eight on the World Table Tennis Championship after he defeated Sweden’s Kristian Karlsson 4-3 (11-9, 5-11, 13-11, 5-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-6).

“It’s amazing. I had to dig deep, and I gave everything I had. I’m excited about the quarter-final. I’ve been playing very well and the spirit of never giving up is always there,” mentioned Aruna throughout a post-match interview.

Aruna’s historic passage to the final eight on the World Table Tennis Championship is a testomony to the expansion of desk tennis in Africa. “It means a lot to me,” he mentioned, “especially for Nigeria and the whole of Africa. Table tennis is growing very fast in Africa. Now we have several players in the Top 100.”

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Sustaining The Momentum

Reaching the final 8 of the world championship is already a recording-breaking feat for Aruna, however sustaining the momentum is what’s going to hold him going.

The Nigerian will confront one other Swedish record-breaker Truls Moregard within the quarter-final conflict tonight in Houston. The Swedish participant who’s ranked 77th on this planet beat South Korea’s Lim Jonghoon 4-3 to advance on the event.

Aruna and the Swede final met in August on the WTT Contender in Budapest and Moregard gained 3-2. The Nigerian will go into the competition on Saturday evening, counting on his present type and the help he has acquired worldwide after a record-breaking efficiency.

Tournament Sparks

According to ITTF, gamers from Africa, Europe, North America, South America, and Asia are anticipated to proceed lighting up the historic occasion which is being hosted within the Americas for the primary time in its storied historical past.

While the Asian and European gamers haven’t disenchanted with their stellar performances, their challenges on the worldwide stage are actually repeatedly being examined by rising powerhouses from the remainder of the world, making desk tennis a genuinely international sport.

Kanak Jha additionally proved he might match as much as anybody on his day. The 21-year-old American is a part of the brand new era of up-and-coming stars destined to mild up the competitors within the desk tennis world. He is the primary man American participant to succeed in this stage since 1959.

Although fellow Pan-American Adriana Diaz didn’t qualify for the quarterfinals, she achieved her greatest consequence throughout this World Championships by reaching the spherical of 16.

The first feminine desk tennis participant to signify Puerto Rico on the Olympic stage hopes many will observe her path. “I want to move the sport forward, make more people play, and bring even more people to my sport,” she mentioned after her match.

Brazil’s Hugo Calderano, who gained his first worldwide title at WTT Star Contender Doha in September and at the moment ranks quantity 4, turns into the first-ever Brazilian to succeed in the quarterfinals.

While this 12 months’s World Championships quarterfinals actually showcase the universality of desk tennis, the ITTF will do its utmost to foster new initiatives and in the end develop the game worldwide.

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