Table Tennis: Funke Oshonaike Battles Into Main Draw of ITTF World Championship

Must Read

INEC Rejects Akwa Ibom Rerun Election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has rejected the Akwa Ibom rerun election held on Saturday. This was made known...

Why Violence Is On The Rise In Nigeria: Atiku

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2019 general election, Atiku Abubakar, has revealed why violence...

People Opposing Amotekun Are Agents Of Criminals: Gani Adams

Aare Ona Kankanfo, Gani Adams has expressed that those rising against the establishment of Operation Amotekun has an agenda...

Senator Abaribe To Buhari, APC: Resign Or Be Chased Out With Stones

Following the rate of insecurity in the country, accompanied with massive killings, the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe...

FG Shuts Down Abuja Supermarket Over Fears Of Coronavirus

The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, FCCPC has shut down Panda Supermarket, Jabi ‘in abundance of caution considering...
Omaku Cephas
Cephas is a Content Strategist who loves to write about travels and sports. He's a proud supporter of local publishers and wants to see them get more creative with genuine content. He's keen on rekindling your passion for anything sports and travels.

Olufunke Oshonaike outlasted Safa Saidani to reach the main draw of the women’s singles event at the 2015 ITTF World Championship in China on Monday.

The veteran Nigerian- ranked 213th in the world- expended all seven games of her final round-robin tie to advance by a narrow 4-3 win to the main draw.

But unlike in her previous wins against Martinez Cynthia of Costa Rica and Mexico’s Madrid Mercedes, both straight game successes, Funke staved off an 11-5 11-8 8-11 11-9 9-11 10-12 12-10 win to emerge victorious by a slim 2-point margin at the expense of her Tunisian opponent.

“I did not play well because I was tired. I wanted to win four-nil but it was a bit difficult for me because she was using pimples at her backhand,” Funke is quoted as saying on ittf.com. “I had to be careful in her backhand but I think she played better than me.

Olufunke Embraces Safa Saidana of Tunisia after Her Final Round-Robin Win. Image: ITTF.
Olufunke Embraces Safa Saidana of Tunisia after Her Final Round-Robin Win. Image: ITTF.

“Actually, I actually wanted to win all my matches four-nil to be the first in my group. I am pleased to come to China, now I have reached the main draw, it has been worthwhile.”

Funke is the last Nigerian standing in the main draw of the women’s event and faces a difficult challenge in the first round against world champion and China’s top seed Ding Ning on Tuesday.

The ITTF World Championship- tagged QOROS 2015- is taking place in the Chinese city of Sonzhou.

- Advertisement -

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

More Articles Like This

- Advertisement -