AFRICAN reigning champion, Aruna Quadri, has said winning his first game against world’s number seven, Chuang Chih-Yuan, has given him more confidence to go far at the ongoing Rio Olympics.
Quadri, created an upset when he dumped Chinese Taipei’s Chih-Yuan, 4-0 (11-6, 12-10, 11-6, 11-7 to land in the fourth round of the men’s singles of Rio 2016.
The victory made him to equal the feat achieved by Segun Toriola at the Beijing 2008 Olympics, where the former African champion made it to the same stage of the championship.
Quadri who is ranked 40 in the world and 27 at the Rio Olympics, was able to avenge the loss he suffered early this year at the German Open to the Olympics number five seed.
“I am growing in confidence because the last time I played Chuang Chih-Yuan was earlier this year on the ITTF World Tour in Germany, I lost in four straight games, my goal today was to improve on that performance and fight to win one game!
“After I won the first game I became more confident. It is so hard playing Chuang Chih-Yuan, he is so consistent, he keeps putting the ball on the table, you must try to be positive against him and put him under pressure. Also he was clever with his services, he changes short and long. In the first game I made mistakes returning service. Today he was below his best, he did not play well,” Quadri added, ahead of his fourth round clash with German Timo Boll, who is seeded number 10 at Rio Olympics.