African: historical past: Olajide Omotayo bowed out within the second leg of the preliminary spherical of the World Ping Pong (WTT) Center East Hub happening in Doha, Qatar.
The $ 200,000 prize pool is the primary official WTT occasion with 298 gamers from 66 international locations taking part as the best ranked African star Quadri Aruna able to take part in the primary draw of the boys’s singles.
Omotayo on Sunday set an African document as the primary participant on the continent to win a match on the WTT event after beating Kazakh Alan Kurmangaliyev within the first leg of the preliminary spherical with gamers from Egypt and Algeria tasting defeats in all their matches.
Confronted with Germany’s finest Bundesliga participant, Sweden’s Anton Kallberg, the 2019 African Video games champion confirmed his class towards his opponent regardless of going 2-0 (11-8, 11-3) within the tie, Omotayo struggled with 11-9, 11-7 wins to place the sport at 2-2. Even within the deciding recreation, Omotayo was within the lead 7-5 earlier than handing the sport to his European counterpart in 11-7 to get out of the competitors from the preliminary spherical.
“It hasn’t been simple after a yr of not taking part in any official video games however I am proud of my efficiency. All I’ve to do now could be deal with what I did not do properly and attempt to enhance that side.
“With this event, I’ve gained extra confidence going into the subsequent event. I hope to see extra video games of the perfect gamers prepared for one more event later this week in Doha,” Omotayo mentioned.
Egyptian duo Omar Assar and Ahmed Saleh weren’t even fortunate of their matches as they have been introduced collectively from the identical stage of the competitors by their European counterparts.
2019 Nigeria Open revelation Senegal’s Ibrahima Diaw stays the one African to advance to the third leg of the preliminary spherical after a convincing 3-0 (11-8, 11-5, 11-6) victory over Romanian Sipos Rares .
And to remember to compete alongside Aruna Quadri in the primary draw, Diaw must beat Russian Kirill Skachkov on Tuesday Match 2.
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Aruna who’s the one African ranked within the prime 20 race gamers is in coaching for the primary draw scheduled to launch Wednesday Match 3 as organizers have unveiled the brand new courtroom present tables anticipated for use for the primary occasion of type of the event.