TTF un­veils seed­ing list for dou­bles event of Nige­ria Open

Daily Trust - - OPINION -

The In­ter­na­tional Ta­ble Ten­nis Fed­er­a­tion (ITTF) has un­veiled seed­ing list for the dou­bles events of the ITTF Chal­lenge Nige­ria Open “La­gos 2017” slated to hold from Au­gust 9-13 in La­gos.

In the men’s dou­bles seed­ing list, In­dia’s duo of Gnanasekaran Sathiyan and Shetty Sanil are num­ber one while France’s An­toine Hachard and Gre­goire Jean are num­ber two in the list.

In­dia’s Sarthak Gandhi and Italy’s Carlo Rossi are num­ber three while men’s sin­gle de­fend­ing cham­pion, Fin­land’s Benedek Olah and Hun­gary’s Mar­tonSzita are num­ber four.

While Por­tu­gal’s Pe­dro Jose Fran­cisco and Egypt’s Ahmed Saleh are fifth seed.

Ac­cord­ing to the state­ment, the only Nige­rian in the men’s dou­bles seed­ing is Aruna Quadri who will part­ner Egypt’s Omar As­sar and they are seeded num­ber six.

Also, Ro­ma­nia’s Alexan­dru Cazacu and Rares Si­pos are num­ber seven while Egypt’s Khalid As­sar and Mo­hamed ElBeiali are num­ber eight seed.

In the women’s dou­bles seed­ing, Egypt dom­i­nated the rat­ing with African dou­bles cham­pion, Egypt’s Yousra Helmy and Dina Meshref as num­ber one seed while their com­pa­tri­ots - Farah Ab­del-Aziz and Amira Yousry are num­ber two.

Nige­ria’s Olu­funke Oshonaike and the women’s sin­gles de­fend­ing cham­pion, Por­tu­gal’s Jieni Shao are seeded num­ber three while dou­bles de­fend­ing cham­pion, Rus­sia’s Irina Er­makova and Olga Ku­likova are seeded num­ber four.

An­other host na­tion pair that made the dou­bles seed­ing list is Ce­cilia Ak­pan and Janet Ef­fiom and they are seeded num­ber five while Ukraine’s Ganna Far­ladan­ska and Italy’s Gior­gia Pic­colin are num­ber six.

Hun­gary’s Ber­nadett Balint and Szan­dra Pergel are sev­enth seed while In­dia’s Krit­twika Roy and Reeth Ten­ni­son are eight seed. Two Nige­ri­ans made the seed­ing list in the U-21 sin­gles rat­ing for the cham­pi­onship.

They are Azeez Solanke, seeded num­ber two in the men’s U-21 sin­gles and Esther Orib­amise seeded num­ber three in the women sin­gles cat­e­gory.

Italy’s Carlo Rossi is num­ber in the men’s U-21 sin­gles while in the women’s U-21 sin­gles Italy’s Gior­gia Pic­colin is seeded num­ber one while Egypt’s Amira Yousry is and two. (NAN)

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