Thursday, 1 June 2017

ITTF World Championships: Toriola Crash Out As Quadri Advances

Quadri Aruna has qualified for the next round of the men's singles event of the ongoing 2017 Liebherr World Championships in Düsseldorf. The Africa's top ranked table tennis player overcame Chilean Gustavo Gomez in four straight sets (11-2, 11-7, 11-5, 11-3) to set up a clash with Denmark’s Jonathan Groth in the next round on Thursday.
Segun Toriola lost 11-8, 11-6, 11-5, 11-1 to Sweden’s Mattias Karlsson in the preliminary round and the Olympian however blamed the new ball for his poor performance during the competition.

He said “It was a very difficult match for me because the ball was not bouncing as I had expected and this sometimes made the ball to stay on table, also, my opponent was using pimples on his forehand and I was trying to avoid playing to his forehand but it was very hard for me to achieve this. For me I think the new ball has not helped any player because it was too slow on the table compared to the ball used during Rio Olympic Games. There should be long time awareness on the change of ball and this has really affected a lot of players.” 

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