Thenationonlineng– Aruna Quadri will today in Warsaw begins his campaign in the men’s singles event of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) World Tour tagged Polish Open.
The 2014 ITTF Star Player who recently led Sporting Lisbon to clinch the Portuguese Super Cup has been seeded number 25 among the 32 top players seeded for the men’s singles event.
Aware of the task ahead of him in the main draw, Quadri believes anything is possible as he may likely battle World number two in the second round of the competition.
In the doubles, Quadri partnered his continental rival, Omar Assar of Egypt and they began their campaign from the preliminary yesterday against their Indian countparts.
Meanwhile, in Warsaw, China’s Ma Long, fresh from his success at the recent Liebherr 2015 Men’s World Cup, is the top seed; he is followed by his colleagues Xu Xin, Fan Zhendong and Zhang Jike.
Japan’s Jun Mizutani is the next in line, ahead of Germany’s Dimitrij Ovtcharov; Portugal’s Marcos Freitas and Chinese Taipei’s Chuang Chih-Yuan complete the top eight names.
However, of that illustrious group, only Chuang Chih-Yuan has completed the mandatory requirement of competing in five Tour tournaments in the year to qualify for the Finals.
Poland will be his sixth appearance. Currently Chuang Chih-Yuan is named at no.11 (450 points) and can reasonably expect to be one of the 16 names that compete in the Men’s Singles event in Lisbon.
Ma Long, Jun Mizutani and Dimitrij Ovtcharov will be their fifth excursion of the year; thus they will have met the necessary basic criteria.
Likewise, the forthcoming GAC Group 2015 ITTF World Tour Polish Open will be the fifth appearance of the year for Marcos Frietas; he is at no.11 (450 points) alongside Chuang Chih-Yuan but he has a parachute.