Bode Abiodun will have himself to blame after throwing away a 3-1 lead against Saudi Arabia’s Ali Alkhadrawi in Men’s Singles Preliminary Round game played at the ongoing ITTF World championship in Budapest, Hungry.
After losing his first game, Bode Abiodun ran into a 3-1 lead following wins in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th games but the Nigerian gave up the lead losing the last three games to Ali Alkhadrawi.
The game ended (11-8, 7-11, 9-11, 6-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-7) in favour of Ali Alkhadrawi.
“It was a very difficult match, when I was down 1-3 my coach just told me not to give up.
“I am very happy and proud to be playing in the main draw of the World Championships. This has been my dream to play in the big stage like the World Championships and I hope to go further now that I am in the main draw.
“My opponent was very good with the forehand; his attack and service were very difficult for me. I am so happy that I will be playing in the main draw with the best players in the world,” said Ali Alkhadrawi.
After claiming two wins in his last two games, a win for Bode Abiodun in the last qualifying round would have put him in the main draw but he fell to Ali Alkhadrawi in the game.