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Aruna draws Filus in Singapore Smash first round


Africa’s highest ranked table tennis star, Aruna Quadri, will face Germany’s Ruwen Filus in the first round of the men’s singles on Saturday (today) at the WTT Singapore Smash, Saturday PUNCH reports.

The Singapore Smash is Quadri’s third WTT tournament in 2023 having featured at the WTT Doha and Durban earlier this year and he will be hoping to surpass his second round exit at the 2022 edition when he rekindles rivalries with the German star.

Quadri who was listed among the tops seeds for the event played together with Filus at Fulda TTC in the German Bundesliga for two years.

Also, former African champion, Egypt’s Omar Assar has been pitched against Portuguese international Tiago Apolonia in the first round while 2022 Africa Cup champion Hana Goda was paired against Germany’s Sabine Winter.

Africa’s highest ranked female player Dina Meshref of Egypt will face home girls Goi Rui Xuan in the first round of the women’s singles.

Meanwhile, all eyes will be on defending Singapore Smash champions China’s Fan Zhendong and Chen Meng who are eager to do battle to retain their singles crowns, while Singapore’s table tennis players are also raring to do the home fans proud when the main draw starts tomorrow.

The main draw of Singapore Smash 2023 commences from Saturday (today) and will feature 64 player men’s and women’s singles and 24-pair doubles and mixed competitions.

The event boasts an impressive player field, with the 2022 champions in all five categories (men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles, mixed doubles) returning to defend their titles.

The top 10 women’s and men’s singles players will also be in action at the OCBC Arena.

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