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2024 WTT Saudi Smash: Nigeria's ace ping ponger Quadri recounts ordeal in matchup against Lee Sang Su of South Korea

Posted : 07 May 2024

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As Aruna Quadri continues his impressive form at the ongoing Saudi World Table Tennis Saudi Smash 2024, held in Jeddah, the ace ping pong player has recounted his ordeal at the hands of Lee Sang Su of South Korea, whom he had to come from behind to beat in a gruelling 3-2 encounter.

During the match, Quadri showed character as he came from behind to edge Lee Sang Su of South Korea 3-2 (9-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-1, 11-3) in a round of 32 slugfest at the King Abdullah Sports City Infinity Arena.

Reacting to the match, Quadri said it was an exhausting experience. "It was really difficult to come back from 0-2 down. I was 8-2 up in the first game and 9-5 up in the second set, but I lost both, so I almost gave up. But I told myself not to give up, and the spirit of never giving up made the difference. In the end, I was very happy to win."

"I knew it was going to be 50/50 today. Achanta is a good player and a legend. I have learned a lot from him growing up. But I wasn’t intimidated. Thanks to all the fans who came to support me. They didn’t let me give up. They were the reason I kept on fighting, so I want to say thanks to all of them."

Quadri has now reached the Round of 16 in grand style and will set up a faceoff with South Korea’s Cho Dae-seong in the men’s singles round of the competition.

The nail-biting win sets up a potentially scintillating clash with the 21-year-old world No. 45, who will be looking to avenge the defeat of his compatriot.

Aruna had made a flying start to his Saudi Smash campaign by coming from behind to beat Sharath Kamal Achanta 2-3 (11-8, 13-8, 8-11, 5-11, 11-13), who won two singles titles at the ITTF Pro Tour, the first in 2010, and reached the semi-finals in the men’s singles event at the 2017 World Championships.


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