Nigerian table tennis star, Quadri Aruna helped his club TTC RhönSprudel Fulda-Maberzell move to eighth place in the German Bundesliga after their first away win of the season.
Apart from aiding his team’s rise on the table, Aruna remains the most successful player so far with TTC after recording his seventh victory in the league.
Being the third win in a row for TTC, it was the effort of the Nigerian that gave TTC a 3-1 win over their host – TTC drawbridge Grenzau at the weekend.
Aruna’s teammate Fan Bo Meng started the campaign for TTC against Greek Ioannis Sgouropoulos but the youngster could not withstand his bulky opponent to give the host a 1-0 lead with a 3-1 (11-6, 11-3, 7-11, 11-5).
But it took Aruna less than 15 minutes to restore parity for TTC with a convincing 3-0 (11-5, 11-7, 11-4) over Belgian Robin Devos.
TTC extended their lead with German international Ruwen Filus coming from behind to beat veteran Croat Aleksandar Karakasevic 3-1 (9-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-8).
In order not to force the tie into doubles decider, the onus rested on Aruna to rescue TTC and in his usual style, Aruna showed class with his never-say-die attitude despite the dominance of Sgouropoulos in the first and third game.
When it was 2-2 (9-11, 11-9, 10-12, 11-7), players from the two were already warming up for the doubles’ decider especially when Aruna was trailing his opponent 4-8.
But the Nigerian turned things around picking the next four points to put the tie at 8-8. And even when his opponent needed only one point to end the match, Aruna fought well and he was rewarded for his efforts with a 12-10 win to record a 3-2 win over Sgouropoulos which earned TTC an overall 3-1 win.
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