Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri began 2016 on a good note after making the top eight in the men’s singles of the ITTF World Tour tagged Hungarian Open.
The Nigerian was seeded number six among the 32 rated players for the tournament and he started his campaign from the main draw. He defeated Brazil’s Thiago Monteiro, Czech Republic’s Tomas Konecny as well as home boy, Daniel Kosiba to set up a quarterfinal clash against France’s Simon Gauzy.
A composed Quadri was in fine form against most of his opponents beating Monteiro 4-0), Konecny 4-1 and Kosiba 4-1. But he put up a good fight against the Frenchman as several unforced errors caused him a 4-2 loss to the European.
However, he combined well with his compatriot, Bode Abiodun in the men’s doubles as they fought hard from the qualifying round to make it to the main draw where they dismissed number five seed in the men’s doubles, Brazil’s Casuo Mazumoto and Thiago Monteiro 3-0 to berth in the quarterfinal.
They met their waterloo in the quarterfinal tie as they lost to Chinese Taipei’s duo of CHUANG Chih-Yuan / HUANG Sheng-Sheng to exit the tournament.
A satisfied Quadri attributed his fine form to his movement to the French League while hoping for good results at the German Open which serves off on Wednesday January 27 in Berlin.