Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri made history after defeating France’s Antoine Hachard 4-2 (11-13, 11-3, 8-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-7 in the final of the Men’s singles to become the first ever Nigerian to win the ITTF Challenge Nigeria Open, thereby carting away a prize money of $5000. He also won the fair play award for his honest gesture in the final which earned his opponent a point.
The Lagos State Governor was present at the history-making event and gave the Commonwealth medalist a bonus of N1,000,000. He also gave bonuses to the Nigerian representatives who made it past the group stages of their respective events.
The tournament’s top seed had earlier defeated Thailand’s Wisutmaythangkoon Supanut 4-0 in the semi finals before facing a very resilient Hachard who eased past Scotland’s Rumgay Gavin to qualify for the final.
It was a Chinese affair in the final of the Women’s singles as U21 champion, Guo Yan went further to consolidate on her achievement by defeating Sun Chen 4-3 in a keenly contested match.
Similarly, the Chinese duo of Fenjie Qi and Sun Chen defeated compatriots Guo Yan and Siqi Fan 3-0 to win the Women’s doubles title.
France’s Alexandre Robinot and Joe Seyfried clinched the Men’s doubles title, beating Lakatos Tamas (Hungary) and Olah Benedek (Finland) 3-1.
Nigeria’s U21 sensation, Ayanwale Jamiu was awarded the best Nigerian young player of the tournament, earning himself $200.