The biggest upset of the ITTF Challenge Nigeria Open Day 3 was 20th seed, Omotayo Olajide who was sent packing by Egypt’s unseeded Helmy Mahmoud in the round of 64 of the Men’s singles.
The Commonwealth medalist had earlier gone 2-0 up but the U-21 did the unthinkable and won the next 4 games to progress to the next round 4-2(11-8, 11-9, 6-11, 9-11, 3-11, 2-11).
The Women’s singles round of 32 was the opening event of the day with the tournament’s 1st seed, Sawettabut Suthasini of Thailand defeating Nigeria’s Agnes Onoja 4-0 (11-1, 11-1, 11-1, 11-3) in just 13 minutes.
Odusanya Abosede lost narrowly to Norway’s Doval Ilka 3-4 (11-8, 11-8, 5-11, 11-4, 9-11, 9-11, 3-11) as Edem Offiong was eased out by China’s Wei Wesheng.
Halima Hussain, Aregbesola Nimota, Ayinla Alimot and Fashola Aminat of Nigeria all faced the same fate, crashing out in the round of 32.
Meanwhile, Nigerian Veteran and former Olympic flag-bearer, Olufunke Oshonaike as well as 16th seed, Akpan Cecelia didn’t have any troubles dispatching their Mauritian opponents and progressing to the round of 16.
The tournament’s top seed, Aruna Quadri eased through to the round of 32, defeating Italy’s Antonino Amato 4-0 (11-7, 14-12, 11-6, 11-5). Kazeem Makanjuola joined his Nigerian representative with a 4-1 defeat of India’s Yadav Abhishek.
Nigeria’s 7-time Olympian also overcame his opponent from China, Wang Xiyang 4-2. Nigeria’s U21 stars Azeez Solanke and Emmanuel Augustine both exited the competition in the round of 64.
23rd seed, Bode Abiodun also suffered elimination by India’s Ronit Bhanja.
In the U21 Women’s singles, round of 16, African Youth Games Bronze medalist, Esther Oribamise got dumped out by China’s Wei Wensheng. Similarly, Nigeria’s remaining representatives at the U21 Men’s singles all bade the tournament goodbye in the round of 16.
In the final event of the day; the Men’s singles, round of 32, Aruna Quadri overpowered Egypt’s Assar Khalid and Segun Toriola made light work of South Africa’s Lingeveldt Kurt.
However, the biggest upset from a Nigerian perspective saw Jamiu Azeez defeat the tournament’s fourth seed Monteiro Thiago (Braxil) 2-4 (9-11, 3-11, 11-5, 3-11, 11-3, 8-11).
The Men and Women’s doubles as well as the Men’s and Women’s singles, round of 16 and quarterfinals will complete Day 4’s schedule.
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