December 2, 2022

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Desk tennis: Quadri reclaims ITTF-African title


Nigerian desk tennis sensation Aruna Quadri got here from two units all the way down to defeat rival Omar Assar of Egypt 4-3 (8-11, 9/11, 11-8, 6-11, 11-7, 13-11, 14-12) to win the ITTF Senior Championship males’s eingles title in Algeria on Friday.

The world quantity 15 thus reclaimed the title he misplaced to the Egyptian in three years earlier.

Each males clashed within the third consecutive ultimate on the Africa Championship, with the Nigerian gaining the higher hand within the battle for the highest prize within the males’s singles.

Quadri defeated compatriot Taiwo Matti 4-0 within the semi-finals after the latter, the reigning West African champion and Africa U-19 champion, surprised Ahmed Saleh of Egypt to make his maiden semi-final spot.

Expectedly, Egypt’s Dina Meshref clinched the ladies’s singles title with a routine 4-0 (11-9, 11-6, 14-12, 11-7) over compatriot Yousra Helmy to reunite with the title for the third time.

The semi-finals of the ladies’s singles have been a repeat of the identical stage a 12 months in the past in Yaounde; the one distinction was the outcomes, with Yousra Helmy defeating Mariam Alhodaby 4-0 and Dina Meshref defeating Hana Goda 4-1.

It was nearly one other clear sweep for Egypt. The pair of Mohamed Shouman and Mohamed El-Beiali received the lads’s doubles, Alaa Yehia and Hana Goda received the ladies’s doubles, whereas the pair of Mohamed El-Beiali and Hana Goda received the combined doubles.

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