ITTF names Quadri, Shao top seeds for Premier Lotto Nigeria Open
The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has named Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri and Portugal’s Jieni Shao as top seeds in the men and women categories of the Premier Lotto Nigeria Open.
The seeding list is made up of 16 men and eight women in the singles, while four boys and a girl were also listed in the seeding list of the championship.
In the men’s singles list, four Nigerian players led by 2014 ITTF Star Player, Quadri, top the list of seeding.
Quadri is followed by Africa’s most decorated table tennis player, Segun Toriola, who is set to become the first African athlete to compete in seven Olympic Games.
Other Nigerians on the 16-man seeding list are Portugal-based Bode Abiodun and Ojo Onaolapo, who are rated sixth and 11th respectively.
Finland’s Benedek Olah is number three, while 2014 runner’s up; Egypt’s El-Sayed Lashin is number fourth on the seeding list.
Other players that made it to the seeding list are Slovakia’s Thomas Keinath, Iran’s Afshin Noroozi, Portugal’s Diogo Chen, Egypt’s Khalid Assar, Congo Brazzaville’s Saka Suraju, Mexico’s Salvador Uribe, Egypt’s Shady Magdy, Morocco’s Mounaim Tirselt, Romania’s Alin Spelbus and Ghana’s Felix Lartey.
Defending champion, Shao, is followed in the women’s list by two-time winner of the ITTF World Tour, Hungary’s Szandra Pergel.
Congo Brazzaville’s Han Xing is third, while Romania’s Irina Ciobanu and Russia’s Olga Kulikova are fourth and fifth respectively.
The two Nigerians that made the eight-woman seeding list are Edem Offiong and Olufunke Oshonaike, who are seeded sixth and seventh respectively while 2010 African champion, Cameroun’s Sarah Hanffou, is rated eighth in the seeding list.
For the U-21 men, Portugal’s Diogo Chen is number one, while defending champion, Egypt’s Shady Magdy is number two.
The only Nigerian in the four-man list is Amadi Omeh, who is listed number four after Romania’s Alin Spelbus, who is seeded number three. The only player seeded in the women’s U-21 is Romania’s Irina Ciobanu.