By Uche Dozie
Sport writer, kick442.com-Nigeria
Nigeria’s delight and Africa’s number one in table tennis was imperious in his performance on Saturday evening to beat China’s Liang Jingkun at the World Table Tennis Cup Finals at Singapore.
The player who moved from four places in the world rankings from 17th to 13th after his quarter final feat at the WTTF Championship in Houston defeated the world number 8 3-1 in a thrilling encounter.
Aruna, just like most of his previous matches rallied from a first set loss to win the remaining set in a result of 7-11, 11-1, 14-12, 11-5.
The 33-year-old forehand player achieved his first win over Liang after two matches without a win against him by racking up series of backhand plays that sunk the backhand specialist from China.
“I kept fighting and fight and I did not give up. I tried my best and it worked out for me in the end. I also think it’s my positive mindset that made me do well too. This win is for all my fans and everyone back home in Nigeria and Africa,” said Aruna after the match.
The WTT Cup Finals brings the world’s greatest players under the spotlight in Singapore as 16 male and female players in separate singles competitions fight for their share of USD 600,000 in prize money and attempt to be crowned the WTT season-ending champion.
The tournament which is it’s maiden edition is for players within the World Top 20.
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