Egypt’s Assar displaces Aruna as Africa’s best ranked star

For the first time in recent times Egypt’s Omar Assar will be displacing Nigeria’s Quadri Aruna as the best ranked African player in the world.

According to the 2024 Week 12 Ranking released by ITTF, Assar who made it to the last 16 of the just concluded Singapore Smash coupled with his victory over Aruna at the 2023 African Games in Ghana, jumped five steps up to occupy 17th spot in the ranking while Aruna dropped down by eight steps to be ranked 19th in the world.

Assar wanted to equal Aruna’s 2023 quarterfinal record at this year’s Singapore Smash but a clever display by Indian legend Sharath Achanta halted the Egyptian dream as the Indian veteran ran away with a 3-0 win to prevent Assar’s quarterfinal run.

But Assar’s round of 16 feat was enough to improve his world rating as the Egyptian returns to the pinnacle of the ranking in Africa after he surrendered the top to the Nigerian some months back.

Also, former world number one Fan Zhendong of China has been displaced by compatriot Wang Chuqin after the left-hand Chinese star defeated France’s Felix Lebrun to emerge as the new champion of the Singapore Smash at the weekend.

Also, German legend Timo Boll has started climbing the ladder of the ranking after his impressive quarterfinal feat at the Singapore Smash to rise to 26th place in the ranking, while Indian legend Achanta also moved up the rating to occupy 34th place in the world.

Despite dropping to 27 in the world, Dina Meshref still remains the best ranked African female player in the world while her compatriot and 2023 African Games champion – Hana Goda moved up by two steps to occupy 28th place in the latest ranking.


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