Aruna Quadri has successfully defended his ITTF Challenge title, beating Austria’s Robert Gardos 4-2 in Sunday’s final of the Nigeria Open in Lagos.
Having fallen short at the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Africa Cup last week, the top-ranked Quadri bounced back in the Challenger Series to retain the title he won in 2018.
The 30-year-old had in the semi-finals defeated India’s Soumyajit Ghosh 4-1 (11-8, 11-5, 11-4, 8-11, 11-4), while Gardos shocked no.2 seed Cédric Nuytinck 4-2 (11-3, 7-11, 8-11, 15-13, 13-11, 11-9) in a thrilling fixture to reach the final.
In the final, Quadri won the first two games (15-13, 11-3) and looked to be having it all his own way, but Gardos fought brilliantly to take two of the next three games (8-11, 11-6, 10-12) making game six a potential match decider. The comeback was not meant to be for Gardos however as Quadri was ruthless and won (11-1) to seal the win in front of the home crowd.
Quadri’s latest triumph means he has three Challenge series title to his name having previously won the 2017 Polish Open and 2018 Nigeria Open.
Meanwhile, the duo of Olajide Omotayo and Segun Toriola lost 3-0(11-7,11-9,12-10) to Quentin Robinot and Cedric Nuytinck in the men’s doubles event.