Day One Review: Narrowest of margins as Ajoke edges out Sukurat to reach round 32

Day One Review: Narrowest of margins as Ajoke edges out Sukurat to reach round 32

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Table Tennis at 2020 Aso Table Tennis National Championships has officially begun, with the Men’s and Women’s Singles events getting under way at the Gymnastics Hall of the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abuja.

A total of 168 male players registered for the men’s singles event while 52 female players were listed in women’s singles.

The Star match of the day was in Table four as Ojomu Ajoke representing Delta state face off with Kwara’s Sukurat Aiyelagbegan for a place in the round of 32, the former Ajewole Junior Secondary School student was aiming to do better than her defeat to Agnes Onoja in round of 32 a year ago.

In a grueling contest that lasted for 45 minutes, Ajoke, who was Gold medallist at the 2018 National Sports Festival in Abuja won the first two sets (11-8, 11-9). Incredibly, Sukurat withstood the more senior player in the third set to reverse the second set score line in her favor.

The fourth set pave the tone for an electric atmosphere as a resurgent Sukurat won the set in 11-6 to level up 2-2, in the deciding set , Ajoke sailed to a 11-6 victory to win the encounter .

This is Ajoke’s second competitive game since 2019 after placing third at the National trials fortnight ago in Lagos.




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