Africa’s no 1 on the ITTF world ranking Aruna Quadri has set a new record to become the first Nigerian to win the Nigeria Open after beating France’s Antoine Hachard 4-2 to clinch the top position in the championship.
The victory means Quadri received a star prize of $5,000 and a side bonus of N1M from Lagos State Governor; Akinwunmi Ambode as the best Nigerian player in the competition.
The indoor hall of the Molade Okoya Thomas was filled to its capacity with fans cheering the 29-year-old to victory in a manner that ensured he moved from the 2-2 to 4-2.
Quadri who proved to be a threshold to behold in the game smashed his way through in a manner that made the fans cheer while his French opponent who was the ultimate sufferer of the strokes was left astonished despite taking the lead in the beginning.
Quadri who beat Wisutmaythangkoon Supanut by 4-0 to reach the final also ensured he survived two leads from the Frenchman to reach 2-2 before beating his opponent two consecutive times by 11-5, 11-7 to win by 4-2.
The success for Quadri also means he has become the first Nigerian to win the Championship on home soil since the inception of the championship in 2014.