Nigeria’s number table tennis player, Aruna Quadri has admitted he lost in the round of 32 at the ongoing ITT World Championship in Budapest, Hungary because he met a better opponent.
Quadri said he gave his best in the game, but he eventually bowed to tricky shots by China’s Fan Zhendong in the third round of men’s singles, as the African champion lost the first game, leveled up at 9-9 and ended up losing 12-10.
Further on, Quadri was no match to the Asian giant in the second and third games with the Chinese star winning 11-2, 11-6, while the Nigerian star tried all his best to rally back in the fourth game.
He started leading, but Zhendong again storm back and leveled to win at 11-9, as the tie eventually ended 4-0 (12-10, 11-2, 11-6, 11-9) in faovur of the Chinese star inside Hungexpo Hall, Budapest.
Speaking in the wake of his loss to the men’s table tennis world number one, Quadri said his opponent had a better grip of the game and noted that the Chinese star was able to ward him off when he battled back.
Quadri pointed out that his opponent showed his mettle when he held his own in the fourth game, as the Nigerian star put in his very best to bounce back, but was still cut short by his conqueror.
He submitted: “I am so disappointed because of this. I am disappointed with my performance in the competition because this is another good performance for me.
“I wanted to win, but I met a better player. That showed in the fourth game, when I gave my best to get back into the match, but he still did not bow. That showed he was truly better than me.
“Fan Zhendong’s performance showed why he is ranked number one in the world. So, I must give kudos to him and I hope to be back next time.”