ITTF Nigeria Open: Mixed Fortunes For Nigerian Stars As Quadri, Oshonaike Advance

ITTF Nigeria Open: Mixed Fortunes For Nigerian Stars As Quadri, Oshonaike Advance

By Johnny Edward:

Nigeria's top-ranked table tennis player Aruna Quadri edged out his compatriot Kazeem Nasiru in four sets to book a place in the round of 16 of the men's singles event of the 2017 ITTF Challenge Seamaster Nigeria Open in Lagos on Saturday, Completesportsnigeria.com reports. 

Quadri outclassed Nasiru 4-0 (11-2, 11-6, 12-10, 11-9) while Bode Abiodun defeated Italian Alessandro Baciocchi  4-1 (8-11,10-12,11-7,5-11,10-12).

 Onaolapo Ojo also beat Taiye Jimoh in straight sets (11-7,3-11,6-11,8-11,6-11) while Tobi Falana  crashed out of the men’s singles event. He lost t 4-1 (8-11, 11-3, 11-6, 11-8, 11-6) to No.8 seed, India's Sanil Shetty.

In other results in the men's singles on Saturday, Egypt’s Omar Assar beat Russia’s Vasilij Filatov (11-3, 11-4, 11-5, 11-9), whilst defending champion Finland’s Benedek Olah overcame Frenchman Gregoire Jean 4-2 (11-8, 11-7, 9-11, 11-6, 10-12, 12-10).

In the women's singles event, Nigeria's Fatima Kazeem earned a walk-over and will face India’s Mallika Bhandarkar who beat Onyinyechi Mbah to book a place in the next round.

Sixth seed, Funke Oshonaike, defeated Celia Baah-Danso 4-2 (11-13, 11-13, 11-5, 14-12, 11-8, 11-5) while Cecila Akpan edged Beatrice Gyasi 4-1 (11-3, 11-6, 11-7, 11-13, 11-2).

The trio of Esther Oribamise, Alimot Ayinla and Agnes Onoja lost in four straight sets to Russia’s Olga Kulikova (11-5, 11-7, 11-4, 11-5), Bernadett Balint  (11-4, 11-2, 11-4, 11-6) and Szandra Pergel (11-1, 11-6, 11-4, 11-3) respectively.

Egypt’s Dina Meshref also defeated Abosede Odusanya (11-1, 11-5, 11-5, 11-5). India’s Krittwika Roy, also beat Ganiyat Aruna (7-11, 11-5, 11-8, 11-5, 11-3).

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