Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri achieved the biggest feat in the doubles beyond Nigeria as his partnership with Portugal’s Andre Silva made it to the last four of the ITTF World Tour tagged Croatia Open.

Seeded number seven in the doubles, Quadri and Silva fought from the main draw (round of 16) winning their matches against Bulgaria and Poland before succumbing to Japan in the semifinal tie at the weekend.

However, it was not good outing for the 2014 ITTF Star Player in the singles after his good start winning two matches from the main draw to qualify for the round of 16.

Seeded number five in the men’s singles, Quadri met his waterloo in the round of 16 against Spain’s Alvaro Robles.

Thrice Quadri led the Spaniard in the encounter but he was unlucky to surrender to the European at 4-3.

Aa disappointed Quadri said he was not really satisfied with his exit in the last 16.

“The last game was very difficult for me because I couldn’t return his services. But I failed to utilize my chance too because I was always leading in most of the matches. Unfortunately for me, it wasn’t enough to win the match. Generally speaking, my performance at Zagreb Open is better than all my previous tournaments this year. In Zagreb, I qualified to round of 16, which is the best result for me this year apart from making the final at Lagos Open but you cannot compared Lagos Open to most of the tournament in Europe,” he said.

The Portugal-based athlete who recently signed a new contract with a French club added: “I’m not completely satisfied because I lost in round 16. It is not too bad, but also and not so good. It is true that this is one of the best results this year in the ITTF World Tour. If I qualified to quarterfinal, that would have been a good result. It will have been good for me, but also for Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTF) and our president because they have been following me very well. I think I didn’t play so bad here because it was actually much better than what I played from January this year,” he lamented.