Table Tennise: Nigeria's Quadri Bashes Chinese Chihyuan 4-0 To Advance To Round 16

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Motivated by the inspiration of
legend Segun Toriola, Aruna
Quadri yesterday defied all odds
to demystify one of the
tournament’s favourites, Chinese
Taipei’s Chuang Chih-Yuan with a 4-0 bashing to berth in the
fourth round of the men’s
singles of the table tennis event
at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
For making it to the fourth round
(last 16), Quadri has equaled the feat achieved by Toriola at the
2008 Beijing Olympic Games in
China where the former African
champion made it to the same
stage of the championship.
The Nigerian who is ranked 40th in the world and 27 at the Rio
Olympic Games tamed the
world’s number seven and
tournament’s number five seed
to make a giant stride in his
career. If what happened at the 2016
German Open is anything to go
by, Quadri has no chance against
the Asian star as the 2014 ITTF
Star Player was bundled out in
less than 15minutes. Fired up by the loud ovation that
greeted Segun Toriola’s exit in
the second round of the men’s
singles, Quadri was in excellent
form with an emphatic routing of
his highly-rated opponent. The defeat suffered by the Asian
star was that disgraceful that he
could not win a game in the 4-0
((11-6, 12-10, 11-6, 11-7)
bashing.
Notably, four year ago at London 2012, Quadri’s victim –
Chuang Chih-Yuan had reached
the bronze medal match, where
he was beaten by Germany’s
Dmitrij Ovtcharov.
Like Quadri, another star of the night was Ukraine’s Kou Lei who
attracted the attention by
upsetting top seed.
Kou Lei, the no.28 seed, ended
the hopes of Frenchman, Simon
Gauzy, the no. 13 seed (11-6, 6-11, 16-14, 11-9, 11-6).
In the fourth round match,
Quadri will be faced with another
task as he is expected to battle
against Germany’s Timo Boll,
ranked 13 in the world and tournament’s number 10 seed.