Quadri on course to defend Nigeria Open Title

Anulika Menanya

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Aruna Quadri

The ITTF Nigeria Open defending champion, Aruna Quadri will continue his quest to retain the title when he takes on India’s Soumyajit Ghosh in the men’s singles semi-finals of the competition.

Quadri seeded No. 1, cruised to the semi-finals, easily beating Brazilian 4-0 (11-6, 11-4, 11-8, 11-6).

He may have a difficult encounter with the unseeded Ghosh who saw off Frenchman, Alexandre Robinot, seeded 11th.

The other semi-final fixture will see 4th seed, Robert Gardos of Austria take on Belgium’s Cedric Nuytinck who is seeded second.

Robert Gardos

Robert overcame Romania’s Rares Sipos to reach the stage while Cedric saw off Egypt’s Ahmed Saleh, the 2019 Africa Cup losing finalist, 4-3.

Quentin Robinot will team up with Nuytinck later in the men’s doubles final against Nigerian duo of Olajide Omotayo, and Segun Toriola.

In the women’s singles, it is a battle of the top seeds in the first semi-final between Italy’s Debora Vivarelli and Russia’s Yana Noskova.

Debora Vivarelli

7th seed, Vivarelli defeated Slovakia’s Babora Balazova 4-1 (11-6, 11-8, 12-10, 8-11, 11-9) while Yana, the fourth seed, overcame Indian, Pooja Sahasrabudhe, 4-3 (6-11, 11-5, 11-7, 9-11, 11-4, 6-11, 11-4)

Indian teenager, Sreeja Akula — who saw off African champion, Dina Meshref, in the round of 16, and went on to beat Croatia’s Ida Jazbec 4-0 (11-5, 11-2, 11-8, 11-5) — is up against Russia’s Polina Mikhailova.

Mikhailova beat Germany’s 4-0 (11-4, 11-9, 11-4, 11-7).

 

Chidi Nwoke.