After a disappointing outing at the China Open, Aruna Quadri has been considered as one of the seeded players in the ITTF World Tour Hong Kong Open which serves off with the preliminary round.
Also in the June 2019 ranking released by ITTF, Quadri remained static as number 23rd rated player in the world to hold on to his status as Africa’s best.
32 top players were seeded for the Hong Kong Open and Quadri has been seeded number 15 and he is expected to start his campaign from the main draw today.
However, Egypt’s Omar Assar has slid from the top 53 to 65 in the ranking but he remains the second best player in Africa.
Also since being elevated to the highest of all in March 2018, for the 15th consecutive edition, China’s Fan Zhendong retains his no.1 position on the men’s world rankings.
As in the May listings, he remains ahead of colleagues Lin Gaoyuan and Xu Xin with Japan’s Tomokazu Harimoto once again in the no.4 spot.
Notably, even though winning the men’s singles title on home soil at the recently concluded Seamaster 2019 ITTF World Tour Platinum China Open, Ma Long remains at no.5 ahead of Germany’s Timo Boll who changes places with China’s Liang Jingkun.