AT the close of day 2, Halima Hussain, Alimot Ayinla, Aminat Fashola and Nimota Aregbesola are some of qualifiers from the Women’s Singles qualification tournament at the 2018 ITTF Challenge Seamaster Nigeria Open. It was names from foreign shores who attracted the attention.
others qualifiers include Nandeshwaree Jalim of Mauritius and Maria Rony of India a but it was very much China that emerged the centre of attention as they took away the wind of the sail of many of the Nigerian player.
Qi Fenjie of China beat Fatima Kazeem, (11-7, 11-1, 11-5, 11-4). Similarly Wang Shu overcame Esther Oribamise (11-6, 11-6, 11-5, 12-10), whilst Wei Wensheng defeated Janet Effiom (11-4, 11-2, 11-5, 11-6) and Sun Chen prevailed against Funmiola Ajala (11-6, 11-2, 11-3, 11-4).
Comfortable wins, for Guo Yan, like was even easier; she received a walk-over when due to face Nike Aroyehun.
Progress for China in the Women’s Singles event; it was the same in the preliminary stage of the Women’s Doubles competition. Wang Shu and Wei Wensheng alongside Qi Fenjie and Sun Chen both booked main draw places.
Meanwhile, in the same round of the Men’s Singles event the participation of the host nation in the main draw increased. Shamus Agbaje, Gbenga Anthony, Olabisi Yusuf and Kehinde Ogidan all emerged successful as did Allan Arnachellum of the Mauritius.
Play in the main draw of the Men’s Singles event, the opening round being 64 players, commences in earnest of Friday 10th August when of course the eyes will focus on Quadri Aruna, the top seed, his quest to be the first host nation player to emerge success at what is now a most well-established international tournament.