ITTF Ranking: Quadri Returns To 31, As Assar Achieves Remarkable Rise

Aruna QuadriDespite losing in the first round at the Kuwait and Qatar Opens, Aruna Quadri’s participation at the events has lifted him a step up in the latest ranking released by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF).

Nigeria’s Quadri moved from 73 to 30 in the world following his exploits at the ITTF World Cup in Dusseldorf, Germany but his recent dip in play at different world championships contributed to his slide in December to 31.

His quarterfinal exit at the ITTF Africa Senior Championships in Cairo, after losing to Egypt’s Mohammed El-Beiali pushed his rating further down to 32.

For featuring in two of the Super Series in ITTF’s World Tour calendar this year, Quadri gained some points but his two losses in the tournaments may have affected him to just move by one step up in the ranking ladder.

Meanwhile, winner of the ITTF Africa Senior championships, Egypt’s Omar Assar achieved the biggest rise of his career by climbing from 43 to 37 in the world.

Assar won the Cairo tournament as well as make it to the quarterfinal stage of the Qatar Opens and those efforts aided his giant stride in the ranking in February and March.

In January, his name was conspicuously missing in the world ranking due to his inactiveness toward the end of 2014. But the Egyptian made an emphatic return to the rating after winning the Senior Championships in Cairo which gave him a phenomenal rise.

Nigeria’s Quadri and Egypt’s Assar have been seeded number one and two for the ITTF Lagos Open and might clash in the final.

Quadri Inspires GD Toledos To Win Portuguese Super Cup

QuadriNigeria’s Aruna Quadri has once again shown his quality as a world class table tennis player when he assisted GD Toledos to retain this year’s title of the Portuguese Cup in Porto.

Playing from the preliminary stage till the final day, Quadri supported by his Portuguese teammates showed class to record 3-0 win against Juncal in the semi-final.

But it was in the final match against fans’ favourite, Sporting Lisbon that Quadri showed class. Despite dropping a game,t he Nigerian and his teammates stayed focused and ensured that the cup remained with GD Toledos.

They won 3-1 to win the title for the third consecutive time.

An excited Quadri believes the success will motivate him as he looks forward to the new week’s Kuwait Open.

“I feel so great winning the title again and team work materialized in delivering the Portuguese Cup once again.

“I have won the title thrice in a row and retaining the title again has increased my confidence for Qatar and Kuwait Opens. I think this weekend matches in the Portuguese Cup has prepared for the next coming pro tours due to the fact that I played some tough matches,” he confirmed.

Meanwhile, as a result of the defeat he suffered at the Africa Senior Championship to Egypt’s Mohammed El-Beiali, Quadri dropped from 30 to 32 in the latest ITTF ranking while his conqueror improved in his rating from 195 to 179 in the world.

Also, for emerging as winner of the ITTF Africa Senior Championship, Egypt’s Omar Assar is ranked 43; a position which exceeds his previous best of 57 in July 2013.

The Oyo State-born athlete admitted that the slide in his world rating would ensure he continues to work hard.

“My ranking going down is a wake-up call although I felt disappointed and at the same time I am happy that I gained more additional point to my ranking bonus points. It is a sign that I must work harder than before and I am finally happy that Africa is having two players in top 50 with Egypt’s Omar Assar now rated 43,” he said.

As the Kuwait Open, one of major series in the ITTF World Tours, serves off on Wednesday February 11; Quadri will be campaigning from the qualifiers as the world’s top 16 will be competing from the main draw having been seeded by the organizers of the championship.