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Aruna Quadri wins Nigeria Open


Aruna Quadri has emerged winner of the 2018 ITTF Challenge Nigeria Open.

The 30-year-old on Sunday emerged the first Nigerian to lift the annual ITTF Challenge trophy in Nigeria.

The final concluding match of the 2018 event was an explosive 4-2 win over a France’s star player Antoine Hachard.

The men’s single was concluded at Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall, of Teslim Balogun Stadium on Sunday.

Quadri received a star prize of $5,000 and a side bonus of N1M from Lagos State Governor; Akinwunmi Ambode as the best Nigerian player in the competition.

An excited Quadri admitted that the Lagos fans’ support fetched him the needed victory against the enterprising France star.

The Sir Molade Okoya Thomas Indoor Sports Hall in Lagos was filled to capacity spectators trooped to the venue for the final star match between the two top seed for the Men’s Singles title.

In the final, he beat Frenchman, Antoine Hachard, the no.16 seed, in six games (11-13, 11-3, 8-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-7).

It was Antoine Hachard who made the better start, as he established an 8-4 lead in the opening game before Quadri responded to win the next five points; at 10-9 Quadri held game point, he was unable to convert. On his second opportunity at 12-11, Antoine Hachard seized the chance.

A good start from Antoine Hachard in the opening game; it was the same in the second but Quadri went ahead 7-1 and never looked back.


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