Winner of just concluded International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Lagos Open and world Number 22 ranked player, Nigerian Aruna Quadri is through to the semi final of this year’s edition of Bulgaria Open.
Quadri defeated Japanese Mizutani Jun by 4-3 points.
The Nigerian lost the first set by 11-8, came back to level the second set by 9-11. The Japanese took the third set by 11-7 scoreline to take a 2-1 lead. Aruna win the fourth set by 10-12 to level score at 2-2. The Nigerian ping pong player went ahead for the first time in the game in the fifth set where he triumphed by 9-11 points. The Japanese player came back in the sixth set by taking it by 11-4 points to level score at 3-3 before Aruna Quadri won the deciding set by 11-13 scoreline.
Aruna Quadri will now play Chinese Zhao Zihao in the semi final of the tournament. The winner of this semi final tie will face the winner of the second semi final match between Harimoto Tomokazu (Japan) and Freitas Marcos (Portugal).
By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde