Africa’s number one and World number 11 Aruna Quadri has set up a round 16 clash with China’s Zhang Yudong after a comeback win against Cedric Nuytinck in Muscat.
Aruna Quadri showed class at the ongoing WTT Contender in Muscat with a 3-2 win (11-13, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9, 11-8).
The Nigerian had to dig into his bag of tricks before making it past Cedric Nuytinck at the Sultan Qaboos Sport Complex.
Cedric Nuytinck won the first set 13-11, Aruna Quadri took the second set 11-9, the Belgian then won the third set 11-9 but Quadri took the fourth and fifth sets 11-9, 11-8 to survive the scare.
Zhang Yudong defeated Yuan Licen 3-2 (7-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9, 11-8) to secure a place in the round of 16.
Aruna Quadri and Ahmed Saleh are the only African players left at the tournament after Omar Assar was knocked out in the round of 32.
The round of 16 clash between 11th ranked Aruna Quadri and 381 ranked Zhang Yudong will take place at 4:10 pm Nig