Nigerian table tennis star Aruna Quadri has moved up two places from 23rd to 21st in the July edition of the player rankings released by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) on Tuesday.
The best-ranked player in Africa has attained his best position of the year so far after he began the 2019 season in the 26th position. However, his latest position is still short of his best ever world ranking – 18th – which he achieved in August 2018.
Egypt’s Omar Assar is the second best ranked African and he is ranked 58th in the world, ahead of fellow Egyptian Ahmed Saleh in third. Nigeria’s Olajide Omotayo is placed fourth in Africa and sits outside the top 100 in the world.
Other Nigerians Segun Toriola and Bode Abiodun are placed 8th and 10th in the Africa standings respectively: 165th and 186th in the world.
In the female Category, Offiong Edem is ranked fourth in Africa but she is down to 158th from her previous 150th position in the World. Veteran Funke Oshonaike is ranked seventh in Africa and 164th in the world.
Quadri, who left table tennis equipment outfit Joola for Gewo earlier this week, has not been at his best this year, but he did reach the Round of 16 of the Hong Kong Open in June. He has featured in six ITTF competitions this year so far.