December, 7 2021.
Nigeria Table Tennis Star, Aruna Quadri continues his stellar performances by becoming the first African player that will play in the quarter finals at the World Table Tennis championship in Singapore.
Quadri stood his ground to outsmart world number eight player, Liang Jingkun of China to 3-1 (7–11, 11-1, 14-12,11-5) in round 16 of the men’s singles event and will square up against Brazil's Hugo Calderon.
The Africa No 1 has now Rose to No 13 in the world ranking, following his victory. Quadri said the win is for all his fans and everyone back home in Nigeria and Africa:
“I’m very happy and excited, I think I’m just so lucky in this match, everyone is so tired from the championships in Houston and I can see he is tired also. I kept my cool and it actually worked for me. I put several balls to the table and he made a lot of errors,”
“I always believed that If I was selected to be here, that means I have what it takes to play. I was not under any kind of pressure, I just wanted to play my game and be myself,” He added.