Egyptian Omar Assar beats Aruna Quadri to win ITTF Africa Championship
Aruna Quadri’s quest to retain his continental crown ended in disappointment as he lost 4-1 to Egypt’s Omar Assar in the men’s singles final at the 2021 International Federation Africa Championship table tennis (ITTF).
Aruna was overwhelmed by Assar, who was nearly perfect with his punches and smashes.
The Egyptian won the first set 13-11, but Aruna equalized the scoreboard with an 11-9 victory in the second set.
Assar then swept the Nigerian in the following sets 11-6, 11-4, 11-4.
Not all was dark for Aruna as he emerged from the tournament as the men’s doubles champion alongside Bode Abiodun.
The duo beat Khalid Assar and Saleh Ahmed 4-2 on Monday to reclaim the men’s doubles gong for Nigeria.
In women’s singles, 13 years old Hana Goda The killing of giants was stopped by Mariam Ahodhaby in the final.
It was a hotly contested match in which the two Egyptians faced off in an upside down affair.
Ahodhaby won the first set before handing the next two sets to Goda. But the teenager couldn’t keep her much more experienced opponent at bay.
The match shifted in Ahodhaby’s favor, and she stepped up her matches to win the following sets and therefore the tournament.