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Quadri overtakes Assar in ITTF ranking, becomes Africa’s no.1



Aruna Quadri

Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri has overtaken Egypt’s Omar Assar in the latest ITTF World Ranking, and becomes the highest-ranked African player in the world.

The ranking which was released on Monday by the world table tennis ruling body has Quadri jumping two steps up to 20th in the world.

Quadri was ranked 22 in June, but now overtakes Assar, who dropped from 17 to 21 in the ranking.

For the second time this year, Quadri will be breaking into the top 20 in the world having made the same spot in January 2018 – being the first to be achieved by a Nigerian.

Also in the latest ranking, China’s Fan Zhendong retained the number one spot for the fourth consecutive month.

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But his compatriot, Ma Long, the reigning Olympic and World champion, dropped from no.2 to no.6 – his most unusual position.

China’s Lin Gaoyuan climbed from no.5 to no.3; Xu Xin dropped one place to no.6, as four Chinese players occupy the top 10.

Germany’s Timo Boll climbed two places and is now in the no.2 spot; Dimitrij Ovtcharov fell one rung down the ladder and now occupies the no.4 position.

Korea Republic’s Lee Sangsu advanced one place to stay no.7 while Japan’s Tomokazu Harimoto, winner on home soil at the Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour Lion Japan Open, climbs two places to no.8.

Hong Kong’s Wong Chun Ting fell from no.7 to no.9; Japan’s Koki Niwa dropped three places to no.12. Sandwiched in between, Brazil’s Hugo Calderano was ranked 10th and Frenchman Simon Gauzy on 11th.

Of the top 100 names, the most impressive progress is that made by Chinese Taipei’s Liao Cheng-Ting (from no.46 to no.36) alongside China’s Zhou Yu (from no.87 to no.63) and Zhang Jike (from no.103 to no.76).


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