Table tennis: Aruna Knocked Out Of WTT Contender Durban

African champions, Quadri Aruna has suffered defeat in the last eight at the WTT Contender in Durban yesterday morning.

Ukraine’s Yaroslav Zhmudenko beat Aruna in three sets game in the quarter-final 3-0 (11-8,11-7, 11-3) to book a place in the semi-final against Simon Gauzy.

The journey started for the Nigerian superstar when he defeated China’s Sun Wen 3-1 (12-10, 15-13, 11-13, 11-8) in the first round.

The 34-year-old came from behind twice to beat French teenage sensation Felix Lebrun 3-2 (3-11, 11-6,12-10, 15-13, 11-5) in the round of 16.

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For the Egyptian, she defeated Yuan Wan of Germany 3-1 (11-9, 8-11, 11-6, 11-9) before she outshined Polish opponent Natalia Bajor 3-0 (11-8, 11-5, 11-8) in the round of 16.

Aruna will be playing at the WTT Contender Doha at the Lusail Sports Arena, Doha, Qatar, later this month.

In the same vein, women champion, Dina Meshref has also exited the tournament after losing 3-2 (8-11,11-8, 9-11, 11-5,13-11) to Chinese Taipei’s Chien Tung-Chuan in the women’s singles quarter-final.

The tense game ended after five sets with the Egyptian bowing out of the championship. Tung-Chuan came from behind twice before sealing the victory in the fifth set.

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