Quadri progresses to ITTF World Cup knockout stages

Posted on Oct 21 2017 - 5:05am by admin

Idris Adesina

Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri, along with his Egyptian rival Omar Assar, on Friday progressed from the group stage of the 2017 ITTF World Cup in Belgium.

Despite losing one match in their groups, Quadri and Assar booked their places in the main draw of the competition, where they will meet seeded opponents.

The duo won a match each in Groups A and C to finish second. There were three players in each of the groups.

Quadri lost 4-3 to Korea’s Lee Sangsu and defeated American Kanak Jha with a 4-2 to finish second.

Assar started his campaign with a 4-3 win over Belgium’s Cedric Nuytinck but succumbed to 4-3 Russia’s Alexander Shibaev. The duo will compete in the Round of 16 today.

Meanwhile, Germany’s Dimitrij Ovtcharov is hoping to win his first ITTF World Cup title.

“I have managed to win three World Tour titles and the European Cup. I had a hard defeat against Koki Niwa at the Worlds in the last 16, but still an amazing year so far and now we’re at the World Cup and we will see what happens,” he said.

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