In table tennis competitions, it is very difficult for foreign players to beat Chinese players. It is even more difficult to win two Chinese players in a row. If they want to win three Chinese players in a row, it can even be said that ” It’s hard to get to the sky.” Today, the world’s 14th-ranked African brother, Nigerian player Aruna, “goes to the sky” once.
On the afternoon of March 30, Beijing time, the men’s and women’s singles quarter-finals of the 2022 World Table Tennis Major League (WTT) Star Challenge Doha Station began. In a men’s singles focus match, Chinese athlete Zhou Qihao played against Nigeria’s Aruna, in the end Aruna won 11-8, 11-8 and 11-7 in straight sets.
In the previous match, Aruna had a bye in the first match, defeated Chinese player Liu Dingshuo 3-2 in the second round, and then defeated another Chinese player Zhao Zihao 3-0 to advance. Zhou Qihao beat Apollonia, Freitas and Francesca all the way to the quarterfinals.
After a small score of 0-4, he was warned by the referee on the second serve. Zhou Qihao’s first game started not ideally. On the other hand, Aruna has become more and more brave in Vietnam, and once led 8-2 by as many as 6 points. In the end, the 33-year-old Nigerian veteran won the first game 11-8.
Fighting again in situ, after 3 draws, Aruna scored 4 points in a row to take the initiative. In the next game, the first African brother firmly controlled the situation, and finally won another game with the same score of 11-8.
After 2 draws in the third game, Zhou Qihao scored two points in a row, leading 4-2 into the middle game. After that, the two scored alternately, and Aruna gradually approached the difference and achieved the lead. Zhou Qihao called a timeout when trailing 6-7. After coming back from the suspension, Zhou Qihao failed to seize an opportunity ball and was led 8-6 by his opponent into the final game. At the end of the game, Uncle Africa made persistent efforts and once held four match points 10-6. In the end, Zhou Qihao returned the ball with a backhand and rolled the net. Aruna won 11-7 and advanced to the semi-finals.
In the other two men’s singles quarter matches that have ended, Chinese player Xue Fei lost 1-3 (13-11, 8-11, 4-11 and 14-16) to Croatian player Andrei Gacini , missed the semi-finals. Chinese Taipei star Lin Yunru and South Korean player Lin Zhongxun fought hard for 4 games, and the Korean won 3-1 (9-11, 11-9, 11-5 and 11-7). (Sohu Sports Guo Jian/Text image provided by WTT)Return to Sohu, see more
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