–In first round after losing to world champion
Despite the exit of Segun Toriola and Aruna Quadri in the first round of the men’s singles at the ongoing ITTF World Championship, Olufunke Oshonaike has described the experience in China as the best by a Nigerian team in an individual World Championship.
Toriola in his usual style fought well against Chinese’s Sheng-Sheng Huang recovering from 3-0 down to level up at 3-3 and finally surrendering the seventh game to bow out gallantly from the tournament.
But the biggest shock for Nigeria was the early exit of ITTF Star Player, Aruna Quadri who was beaten 4-1 by India’s Soumyajit Ghosh in the first round of the men’s singles.
The defeat to Quadri could not even be comprehended by the Nigerian who blamed his loss to ill-luck against the Indian.
But the Indian knew the importance of the win saying that “I am happy beating Aruna in a big stage like the World Championships.”
Even as Oshonaike marked her birthday on Tuesday, she probably enjoyed herself in China despite losing 4-0 to world number, China’s Ning Ding.
Oshonaike described the encounter as the best moment in her career especially playing against the world number one.
“I think I just had fun during the match and for me I am not too happy that I was drawn against Ning but it is indeed a rare privilege to play player of her status. I am fulfilled with my performance in China because I made the first round for the first time since I have been taking part in the world championship,” she said.