Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri will be hoping to restore his pride after a disappointing show at the just-ended German Open, as he begins campaign at the ITTF World Tour tagged Swedish Open tomorrow.
The competition served off yesterday in Stockholm, Sweden.
Despite being seeded 22 in the men’s singles, Quadri will start his campaigns from the preliminary round just like what happened at the German Open.
The 2016 Olympic quarter-finalist, Quadri, has been drawn in Group seven alongside Greece’s Ioannis Sgouropoulos and Sweden’s Alexander Franzen.
Today at noon, Quadri will battle with the Greek on table two while his last group match will be against the Swedish on table five.
Already, Quadri has put the disappointment of the German Open behind him as he remains focused on progressing to the main draw where he is expected to be drawn against any of the top 16 players already seeded in the main draw.
Being the final ITTF World Tour for 2017, the players will be aiming for places in the 2017 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals, to be staged from December 14 to 17 in Astana, Azerbaijan.
There will be no African competing at the prestigious World Tour finals as Quadri and Egypt’s Omar Assar failed to make the cut for the tournament. Regardless of the performance of Quadri at Swedish Open, his points will not meet up with the requirement for the championship.
With the top eight players seeded at the Swedish Open already securing their places in the Grand Finale, Stockholm is the last stop on the calendar and it will decide the fate of other top players.