ITTF Ranking: Quadri remains Africa’s best

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Following the release of July ranking by the world table tennis ruling body, International Table Tennis Federation, the 2014 ITTF Star Player, Aruna Quadri has maintained his status as Africa’s best player.
Despite dropping by a step to 38, Quadri, who featured at the last Japan Open, garnered 2337 points to beat Egypt’s Omar Assar to second place.
Quadri, whose scintillating performance in his first season in the prestigious French Premier League aided his club, Jura Morez in avoiding relegation, is also rated 27 in the July men’s singles ranking for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.
Despite not been active in June, Assar dropped only two steps to 41 in the world. The Egyptian had earlier failed to safe his team, Istres from dropping into relegation in the French Premier League.
Veteran Segun Toriola also remained the third best player in Africa despite dropping to 122 from 110 in the latest rating.
For dropping from 91 to 98 in the world, Egypt’s Dina Meshref tops African ranking in the women category.
Meanwhile, China held on to the top of the ranking as the world best as Ma Long, Fan Zhendong, Xu Xin and Zhang Jike emerged the top four players.
Also, Chinese trio of Liu Shiwen, Ding Ning and Zhu Yuling are the top three female players in the world, according to the July ITTF ranking.