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Table Tennis: Quadri Aruna scrapes WTT Cup finals ticket

Quadri Aruna has qualified for the WTT Cup finals in Xinxiang, China, thanks to the outcome of the game between Germany’s Timo Boll and Taiwan’s Lin Yun-ju.

• October 21, 2022
Aruna Quadri

Quadri Aruna has qualified for the WTT Cup finals in Xinxiang, China, thanks to the outcome of the game between Germany’s Timo Boll and Taiwan’s Lin Yun-Ju that went in the Nigerian favour.

The competition will hold from October 27 to 30. 

After crashing out in the first round of the WTT Champions in Macao, China, following a 3-0 defeat at the hand of Sweden’s Anton Kallberg on Thursday, Aruna needed Lin Yun-ju to defeat Boll to secure a spot at the WTT Cup Finals.

Fortunately for Aruna, he secured his spot for the prestigious tournament after Lin Yun-ju piped Boll 3-2 (9-11, 14-12, 11-9, 7-11, 11-6) to make way for Africa’s number one to appear in his second ever WTT Cup finals.

Sixteen top elite players worldwide will participate in the tournament later this month, with $1 million prize money shared among the competitors.

The 34-year-old reached the quarterfinals of the maiden edition of the tournament.

Aruna is the only African that has featured in the tournament.

Other players who qualified for the tournament include China’s trio of Fan Zhendong, Ma Long, and Liang Jingkun, Japan’s Tomakazu Harimoto, Sweden’s Truls Moregard, and Brazil’s Hugo Calderano.

China’s Lin Gaoyuan, Taiwan’s Lin Yun-Ju, Slovenia’s Darko Jorgic, Germany’s trio of Dang Qiu, Dimitrij Ovtcharov and Patrick Franziska, as well as China’s Wang Chuqin, have all secured their spot for the Xinxiang’s event.

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