Nigeria’s fast-rising female table tennis player, Ajoke Ojomu has come out with down-to-earth revelation that she gained several key lessons from her outing at the ongoing ITTF World Table Tennis Championship in Budapest, Hungary.
After winning her debut at Liebherr 2019, with a stunning 4-1 surge over Sarah Meyer of Luxembourg in the group opener on Sunday, Ojomu said it was a huge leap forward for her and she will aim to consolidate on it.
Ojomu won her opening match in the qualification stage 8-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-9, 11-5, the 19-year-old player admitted she was excited about the feat in her first game at the World Championship.
She admitted it was tough at the beginning, as she was a bag of nerves, but is happy she finally settled down, as she took in the experience and grew as the game went by.
While dedicating the win to her mother, Ojomu went on to point out that she also learnt from watching other players at the championship, such that she has now picked up new tricks and techniques of the game.
Ojomu stressed: “I was a bit confused when the match started. I could not understand how to return my opponent service as it was a bit odd.
“But, after losing the first game, my coach told me how to demystify her and this really gave me the confidence to complete the win.
“This is a major boost to me personally and I dedicate this win to my mother, who has been very supportive.
“The support from my teammates has been awesome because their experience in the game was also helpful to me.
“(I also thank) all those who have always been there for me when I was not making the senior team.
“I know I still have a lot to offer. I have also realised that winning points with service is very vital for every player.
“We were not used to this in Nigeria and I am praying and hoping that I improve my ranking with this competition.”