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Aruna Quadri, Russia’s Polina win ITTF Challenge Plus Nigeria Open

Nigeria Aruna Quadri yesterday claimed the men’s singles title at the ITTF Nigeria Open Challenge Plus by defeating Austria’s Gardos Robert 4-2. The victory gave Quadri the trophy and the $7,000 top prize money.

At the competition held at the Molade Okoya Hall of the Teslim Stadium, Surulere in Lagos, an injured Quadri held on to win the six-game thriller 15-13, 11-3, 8-11, 11-6, 10-12, 11-1.

In the women’s singles game, Russia’s Mikhailova Polina went head to head in an exciting 4-3 come back to beat her compatriot, Noskova Yana.

According to him after the game: “I am very happy I got this title again. In the beginning, I faced some difficulties because I had a neck injury, but I managed to gain confidence after my previous victory.”

Quadri is looking ahead to his next challenge, which is the forthcoming Africa Games in Morocco.

“For now, I have to take care of my health because I have been representing Nigeria for the past 11 days.

“Without taking treatment, I don’t know if I would be able to go to the Africa Games.”

In the men’s double event, Nuytinck Cedric and Robinot Quentin defeated Nigeria’s duo of Toriola Segun and Omotayo Olajide 3-0 (11-7, 11-9, 12-10), while Russian duo of Mikhailova Polina and Noskova Yana won the women’s doubles event by beating Croatian duo of Jazbec Ida and Malobabic Ivana 3-2 (8-11, 5-11, 11-9, 13-11, 7-11).

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