By Gbenga Jolaosho
Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri as the 2017 Polish Open champion moved from 36 to 27 in the November ITTF ranking released by the table tennis governing body, yesterday.
Quadri became the first African to win an ITTF title outside the continent after claiming the men’s singles at the Polish Open. The 29-year-old also gained more points for his rise when he qualified to the main draw at the ITTF World Cup in Liege, Belgium.
With 2434 points in October to be ranked 36, Aruna Quadri gained 23 points from his performance in October to be rated 27 in November with 2457 points.
Egypt’s Omar Assar holds on to the zenith in Africa, moving a step up from 21 to 20 despite a drop in his ranking points from 2528 to 2513,
China’s Ma Long remains the number one player in the world despite losing to Germany’s Timo Boll in the semifinal of the ITTF World Cup. The winner of the 2017 ITTF World Cup, Germany’s Dimitrij Ovtcharov achieved the biggest ranking in his career after moving a step up to the third spot in the latest ranking.
World Cup runner’s up, Germany’s Timo Boll moved to fourth place in the ranking while France’s Simon Gauzy continued his steady rise in the rating as the Frenchman moved from 13 to eighth place in the ranking to halt the dominance of Asians in the ranking. Among the top 10 players ranked in the world, Europe has three players while Asia has seven.