By Victor Kanayo
After his improved performance at the just concluded World Table Tennis (WTT) finals in Doha, Qatar, Nigerian Player, Aruna Quadri, has soared in the last ranking.
Quadri is now ranked 14th globally.
Before the competition, he was placed at 16th position.
The African champion gained points in his quarterfinal finish at the WTT Finals which earned him a rise.
The Nigerian caused one of the big upsets at the tournament after coming from 2-0 down to beat world number five Hugo Calderano of Brazil 3-2 in the round of 16.
Quadri has now gained 265 points from his quarterfinal finish in Doha to improve his world rating points to 1425 ahead of the 15th placed Darko Jorgic of Slovenia who has 1340 points.
Also, WTT has listed Quadri’s 2023 triumph over former world number five Tomokazu Harimoto among the five biggest upsets of the outgone year after the Nigerian stunned the Japanese 3-0 to reach the quarter final stage of the Singapore Smash in 2023.
Reacting to his latest advancement, Quadri said, “I am working hard this year so that I can achieve more successes and continue to shoot up my ranking to be able to secure my qualification to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games,” Aruna said.
He has been listed alongside Egypt’s Omar Assar among the top 20 players that will start their campaign from the main draw of the 2024 WTT Star Contender Doha, which started on Monday January 8 with the preliminary round.
The 2024 Olympic Games is undoubtedly the most prestigious sporting event ever slated for Paris, France.