Just as it was predicted after his semifinal berth at the just concluded WTT Star Contender Doha in Qatar, Quadri Aruna gained two steps up the world ranking to occupy 12th place in the Men’s rating following yesterday’s official release of Week 14 of the ITTF Table Tennis World Rankings.
Being the first African to reach the top 11 in the world, Aruna’s good run in Doha fetched him massive ranking points to rise from the 14th spot to 12 in the latest world ranking.
The Nigerian overtook China’s Wang Chuqin and Germany’s Patrick Franziska to be among the top 12 players in the world.
Egyptian Omar Assar’s inactiveness may have caused his static in the ranking, as the 2021 African champion remains world number 27 while his veteran compatriot, Ahmed Saleh remains in the 49th spot. Senegal’s Ibrahima Diaw occupies 57th place while Olajide Omotayo dropped to 89 in the ranking.
In the women’s ranking, China’s Chen Meng remains the world’s best while Egypt’s Dina Meshref holds tight to the top spot in Africa as the six-time African champion dropped to 40th in the latest ranking while her compatriot, Yousra Helmy also dropped to 80th in the ranking just as Nigeria’s Offiong Edem also slide to 89th in the rating to become the third-best in the continent.