2023 ITTF: Quadri Retains Men’s Singles Title, 15-year-old Goda Wins Women’s Singles

Nigeria’s table tennis star Aruna Quadri has defended his Africa Senior Championship title successfully after defeating Ahmed Saleh 4-0 (11-2, 12-10, 11-6, 11-6) on Sunday in the men’s singles final.

The African number one ranked player earlier on Sunday defeated fellow compatriot Olajide Omotayo with an impressive 4-0 victory (12-10, 11-6, 11-9, 11-2) to progress to the final, while Saleh  came back from a 0-2 deficit to defeat Idowu Saheed 4-2 (12-14, 8-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-8, 11-7) in the second men’s singles semi-final to set up the final clash.
Quadri, 35, who is the first African player to be ranked top 10 in the world, won Nigeria’s second gold medal after Nigeria’s duo of Olufunke Oshonaike and Fatima Bello won Nigeria’s first gold medal on Saturday by beating Cameroon’s Sarah Hanffou and Alhodaby Mariam of Egypt 3-2 (11-6, 8-11,11-4, 7-11, 12-10) in the women’s doubles final at Salle Omnisport de Rades.

Meanwhile,15-year-old Egyptian, Hana Goda won gold and emerged as the women’s singles champion of the 2023 Africa Senior Championships following a 4-1 (11-7, 11-4, 13-11, 8-11, 11-4) victory over Dina Meshref in the final.

The encounter was a rematch between Meshref and Goda, who shared her excitement on winning her maiden African Senior Championships in a post-match interview saying: “It is crazy and I’m very happy.”

The championship started on September 11 and ended today at the Salle Omnisport de Rades.

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