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Table tennis: Ma Long too quick for Aruna Quadri

Ma Long: Too quick and sharp for Aruna Quadri

World Number one in table tennis, Ma Long needed just 28 minutes to dismiss Aruna Quadri, Nigeria’s hope for a singles medal in the event at  Rio Olympics.

Long beat Aruna 4-0, ending the match 11-4, 11-2, 11-6, 11-7.

No one expected that  Quadri, who had logged a historic record of reaching the quarter-finals, was not going to face his biggest obstacle in Long at the tournament at the Riocetnro Pavilion 3 on Tuesday.

Aruna Quadri: bows out

The Nigerian star and African champion had started brightly, sharing the first four points with Long 2-2.

But from that point on it,  the Chinese superstar  was just too sharp and too quick for the Nigerian, taking all the four sets in a lopsided affair.

Twenty eight year old Quadri became the first African to reach the quarter-finals of the Olympic Games table tennis event on Monday  after he beat   beat World Number 13 and London 2012 bronze medalist Germany’s Timo Boll 4-2 in the fourth round of the men’s singles.

His victory sent  Brazilian fans into rapture, as fans kept chanting ‘Nigeria’.

This was the second Olympics in which Quadri would participate.

Quadri took the first set 12-10 in the first set before taking the second and third sets 12-10, 11-5.

Boll fought back and  won the next two sets 11-3, 11-5 but the Nigerian, who is currently ranked 40, took the sixth set 11-9.

The 2014 ITTF Star Player of the Year had earlier in the third round defeated world number seven, Chinese Taipei’s Chang Chun-Yuan, to book a place against Boll.