Nigerian female tennis ace, Funke Oshonaike is picking positives from her outing at this ITTF World Championship in Budapest, Hungary, as she says it has put her in the right frame for the Africa Games in Morocco.
Although she admits it was a painful exit for her in the second round of the women’s singles, Oshonaike says she still relishes her opening win in the first group match she played at the championship.
However, Oshonaike then narrowly lost to Estonia’s Airi Avameri in the deciding match of the group, which stopped her from making the main draw, the way she did at the 2017 edition in China.
She admitted it would have been a very historic result fopr her, had she beaten the Estonian, but Oshonaike put it down to sheer ill luck and her opponent’s resilience than she exited the competition early.
Nonetheless, Oshonaike submitted that the disappointment is a source of blessing into upcoming competitions, as she has taken it as training point for both the African Cup and African Games later this year.
Oshonaike said: “I really wanted to win this match but it became difficult for me because my opponent was using long pimples.
“This really made it hard for me to predict what she will play. She is a good fighter as well.
“I thought that if I had won the second game, it would have been a different ball game entirely. The second game was very crucial.
“Unfortunately I lost. It is very painful for me losing this match because I prepared very well for this tournament.
“I think this is a good preparation for me for the Africa Cup and African Games.
“I hope to continue my training and work more on myself before these important tournaments later in the year.”