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ARUNA SLIDES TO 14TH IN LATEST ITTF RANKING, EDEM RISES

Oyo state-born ping pong star, Aruna Quadri has dropped from 11th to 14th in the latest ITTF ranking released on Tuesday, March 22 by the world table tennis ruling body.

However, Aruna who gained some ranking points at the WTT Singapore Smash, retained his spot as African number one table tennis player, while Egypt’s Omar Assar is rated second but dropped to 26 from 27 in the world ranking.

Also, Nigeria’s best-ranked female player in the world, Edem Offiong gained valuable points for her participation in the just concluded WTT Singapore Smash to rise to 98 from 99th spot.

For finishing in the round of 32 of the Men’s Singles after a closed 3-1 lost to Olympic and World Champion, Ma Long of China, Aruna amassed some ranking points but it was not not prevent him from being displaced by Slovenia’s Darko Jorgic, China’s Wang Chuqin, and Germany’s Patrick Franziska.

Egypt’s Dina Meshref also held on to the top status in Africa despite dropping to 38 from 37 in the world ranking.

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With the conclusion of the season opener, Singapore Smash 2022 at the weekend, China’s Fan Zhendong tightened his clutch on the world number No.1 spot while his compatriot Chen Meng reclaimed the top berth from Sun Yingsha following her victory in the women’s singles at the inaugural event.

Meanwhile, European players such as Slovenia’s Jorgic and Austria’s Sofia Polcanova record their career-best ranking after the big show in Singapore.

The in-form Zhendong headed into the Singapore Smash with the men’s singles crowns from the World Table Tennis Championships and WTT Cup Finals Singapore 2021 and continued his winning ways clinching the title for the men’s doubles event at Singapore Smash with teammate Wang Chuqin.

 

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