Aruna battles Japanese star in Bangkok

By Daily Sports Nigeria on July 5, 2024

Quadri Aruna, Africa’s sole representative at the WTT Star Contender Bangkok, is set to clash with Japanese player Yukida Uda in the second round of the men’s singles in Thailand.

Aruna, rated as the number four seed by the organisers, has a history with Uda, having narrowly defeated him 4-3 in a closely contested match at the Hong Kong Open in 2018.

Uda, already fired up after his victory against Portugal’s Joao Monteiro (3-2) in the first round, poses a formidable challenge for Aruna.

In his previous outing at the WTT Star Contender in Slovenia, Aruna faced another Japanese star, Sora Matsushima, and suffered a defeat.

However, he remains motivated as he looks ahead to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, scheduled to begin later this month in France.

Beyond aiming for his first WTT title, Aruna is determined to accumulate ranking points that will elevate his status when the draws for the Paris Olympic Games men’s singles are announced.

As the 2024 Africa Cup champion, he aims to surpass his quarter-final finish from Rio 2016 and become the first African player to reach the podium at the Olympic Games.

The WTT Star Contender Bangkok boasts a total prize pool of $250,000, with 600 ITTF World Ranking Points awarded to the champions.

Defending champions Lin Gaoyuan and Chen Xingtong of China, who secured the Triple Crown in the 2023 edition, will be eager to retain their titles.

Source Punch Ng

Posted July 5, 2024


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