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Quadri beats Assar, as Jura Morez leaves French League drop zone




Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri was in fine form against Omar Assar at the weekend, as he beat the Egyptian to take his club, Jura Morez, off the bottom rung of the French Table Tennis League Premier division.

The victory has now taken Jura Morez to seventh place on the league table.

Having put all the losses he had suffered against Assar behind him, the 2014 ITTF Star Player showed his class against Assar as both players led their teams – Jura Morez and Istres in the league encounter hosted by Jura Morez.

The encounter provided another opportunity for two of Africa’s best players to continue their battle for supremacy in the ping pong game.

Quadri’s teammate, Zhen Wang, drew the first blood against French international, Benjamin Brossier, with the Chinese-born star winning 11-4, 11-3, 11-8 to give Jura Morez a 1-0 lead.

The onus of increasing the lead now fell on Quadri when he battled Assar in the second game and the two players threw caution to the wind to give the spectators something to cheer.

As if Quadri wanted to avenge the defeats he had suffered in the hand of the Egyptian, the Nigerian wasted no time in humiliating Assar 11-7, 11-9, 11-7 for Jura Morez to take a 2-0 lead.

Andre Silva compounded Istres’ woes when he walloped Paul Gauzy 11-7, 11-5, 11-6 to keep the encounter beyond their opponent.

As the star player of Istres, Assar returned to the table to restore his team’s hope but he met his waterloo against Zhen Wang who completed the rout at 11-8, 11-9, 11-5 to record the fastest win in the history of the French league.

Quadri described the victory as a boost to his team, while describing the win against Assar as a confirmation of his improvement since joining the French League.

“I am happy not because I beat Assar but that my team was able to escape the relegation zone and move to seventh place in the league. This is a major victory for us, even as we look forward to our next match on Monday, December 21 against fourth placed side, Boulogne Billancourt, which has England international, Paul Drinkhallin its fold. We hope we can take our form to 2016,” Quadri said.

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