Seamaster ITTF Nigeria Challenge: Quadri, Oshonaike Sent Packing
Nigeria’s Bode Abiodun on Saturday sent the number one seeded player, Aruna Quadri, packing at the ongoing Seamaster ITTF Nigeria Open holding at the Teslim Balogun, Stadium.
Bode Abiodun beat Nigeria’s top ranked male table tennis player Quadri 4-2 (9-11,11-7,5-11,10-12,11-9, 11-9) to set up a quarter-final clash against India’s Sanil Shetty who also overcame Onaolapo Ojo in four sets (11-6,11-7,11-9,11,9).
Oshonaike who beat defeated Celia Baah-Danso 4-2 (11-13, 11-13, 11-5, 14-12, 11-8, 11-5) in the round of 16 of the women’s singles event succumbed to a 4-1 (5-11, 11-4, 11-8, 11-5, 17-15) defeat in the hands of Piccolin Giorgia who had earlier dumped out Esther Oribamise on Friday in the U-21 women’s singles event.
Abiodun who ply his trade in Portugal was part of the Nigeria’s team to the 2016 Rio Olympics Games in Brazil.
Meanwhile, the winner of the 2016 edition, Olah Benedek of Finland, defeated Khaleed Assar by 4-1 in the title race.
Omar Assar of Egypt also ousted Scotland’s Rumgay Gavin by 4-2.
Nigeria’s Cecilia Akpan also lost to Bulgarianot, Balint Bernadette by 1-4.