Aruna Quadri has recorded his first victory at the ongoing World Table Tennis (WTT) Cup championship in Singapore.
Quadri, who is representing Nigeria at the Championship, defeated the world number eight-player, Liang Jingkun of China to 3-1 (7–11, 11-1, 14-12,11-5) in round 16 of the men’s singles event to qualify for the quarter-finals.
Quadri is the first African player to get to the quarter-finals at the ongoing championship, rising to become the world’s number 13th player.
He ascribed his performance to hard work and dedication.
“I kept fighting and I did not give up. I tried my best and it worked out for me in the end. I think my positive mindset also contributed to my performance.
“I am very happy and excited, I think I’m just so lucky in this match, everyone is so tired from the championships in Houston.
“I could see he was tired also, so I kept my cool, and it actually worked for me.