Upsets galore as Hanffou stuns second seeded Nigerian Oshonaike in Africa Table Tennis Continental Cup

Eighth seeded Sarah Hanffou who hails from Cameroon tossed out second seed and one of the tournament favourites Olufunke Oshonaike (Nigeria) to qualify for the semi-finals of the ongoing ITTF Africa Cup at Kasarani Stadium, Nairobi on Friday.

The 2010 champion sealed the win with a 4-2 overall sets victory. She took the first set 11-6 before a determined Oshonaike powered to close the next two sets 14-12 and 11-8 to lead the match. Hanffou then turned the match on its head with three sets victories of 11-5, 11-5 and 11-8.

In another quarter-final pairing, fifth seeded Lynda Loghraibi from Algeria qualified for the semis by beating Egypt’s Farah Abdel-Aziz 4-3. The women’s top seed Dina Meshref (Egypt) made light work of Seychelles’ Christy Bristol by sealing a comfortable 4-0 (11-3, 11-3, 11-7, 11-4) sets victory.

Nigeria’s Offiong Edem, who is the fourth seeded player recovered from a set down to beat Tunisia’s Safa Saidani 4-2 (5-11, 11-7, 3-11, 11-5,11-8) and also make it to the last four.

In the men’s division, second seeded Aruna Quadri from Nigeria eased past Ghana’s Derek Abrefa in flawless straight sets run of 11-2, 11-9, 11-1 and 11-8. Quadri’s victory set up a showdown with Egypt’s Ahmed Saleh who edged Tunisia’s Sami Kherouf 4-2 (11-8, 6-11, 7-11, 11-8, 11-5 11-9).

Also in the last four is Congo’s Saheed Idowu who upset Segen Toriola 4-2 (6-11, 11-4, 9-11, 11-6, 9-11, 10-12) in the quarter final. The men’s top seed Omar Assar (Egypt) also progressed after dispatching Tunisia’s Thameur Mamia 4-1 (11-9, 11-6, 10-12, 11-3) and will face Idowu in the semi-finals.

The winners in both categories will qualify for the World Cup set for 2019 in Budapest, Hungary.

 

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