Nigeria’s Quadri Aruna has been edged out in the quarterfinal of the 2021 World Table Tennis (WTT) Cup Finals taking place in Singapore after the Nigerian fell 3-1 to Brazil’s Hugo Calderano in the quarterfinal of the Men’s Singles.
World number 13 caused an upset in the round of 16 after he defeated world number eight Liang Jingkun of China 3-1 on Sunday but his fine run was ended by a stronger opponent in the Brazilian star.
Being their maiden meeting at the top level, it was Calderano that came out victorious over Aruna as the South American outplayed the Nigerian 3-1 (11-6, 6-11, 11- 8, 11-4) to clinch the last semifinalspotinthe Men’s Singles.
Satisfied by his outing in Singapore, Quadri said: “I am so happy with my performance in this competition particularly to be part of the top 16 tournament in Singapore as the only African player. I think I have made my country and Africa proud and I also believe my performance.