Quadri rues missed opportunity at Hungarian Open
Despite making the top eight list in the men’s singles of the just concluded ITTF World Tour tagged Hungarian Open, a dissatisfied Aruna Quadri believes he should have done better in his quarterfinal tie against Germany’s Ruwen Filus.
Having fought hard from the first round of the championship, Quadri thrilled the Hungarian fans with his superb style of play and ferocious forehand that most times dazed the German.
A disappointed Quadri said after his quarterfinal exit, “I was fighting as hard as I could; recovering from three-one down. I changed things around going to 9-6 in the last game. I did not seize my chances today. It was not meant to be.”
Seeded number nine in the men’s singles, Quadri played his heart out against Germany’s Steffen Mengel when he came from 2-1 down to win at 4-2.
Again in the second round match tie against Czech Republic’s Tomas Konecny, Quadri had to recover thrice to beat the Czech 4-3 to berth in the quarterfinal of the championship as Africa’s sole flag bearer.
The quarterfinal battle against Germany’s Ruwen Filus lived up to expectation with all the quality of a last eight encounter.
According to ITTF Publication Editor, Ian Marshall, Aruna Quadri was in charge of the match but he missed it when it mastered most.
Marshall said: “It appeared Aruna Quadri may succeed; after trailing by three games to one, he leveled at three-all. In the seventh he led 9-6, he lost the next point but at 9-7, he had the service; the odds were in his favour but he was not able to convert the advantage. Ruwen Filus (11-9, 14-12, 2-11, 11-9, 6-11, 4-11, 12-10).”
For his performance at the Hungarian Open, Quadri has picked up some points for the ITTF World Tour Grand Finals, while his pairing with Egypt’s Omar Assar has also given them the points to make it to the main draw of the men’s doubles event.
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