Hugo Calderano suffered a comeback defeat at the hands of Nigerian Quadri Aruna and was eliminated in the opening match of the WTT Finals in Doha, Qatar on Wednesday (3). The Brazilian player initially took a 2-0 lead, but lost the following three sets and was ultimately defeated 3-2 (with scores of 11-7, 11-2, 9-11, 10-12, and 10-12). Despite being the fifth-ranked player in the world, Calderano came very close to securing the victory. In the fourth set, he had a match point at 10-9, but his opponent scored three consecutive points to tie the game. Aruna, ranked 16th globally, advanced to the quarterfinals and will now face the current top-ranked player, Chinese athlete Fan Zhendong.
The WTT Finals is the tournament that concludes the season of the world table tennis circuit, bringing together the world’s top athletes in the sport. Hugo Calderano will return to play on Sunday (7) in the Final Four of the German Cup. The Brazilian player represents the TTF Liebherr Ochsenhausen club.
Additionally, in other news:
– Luisa Stefani suffered a knee injury and withdrew from the Brisbane tournament alongside Ingrid Martins.
– With seven months remaining until the opening of the 2024 Paris Olympics, security measures are being discussed to prevent terrorist attacks.
– Spanish athletes have tested positive for doping, and the World Anti-Doping Agency is being accused of avoiding sanctions.
– Laura Pigossi was defeated in her debut match at the WTA Canberra tournament.
– Sauber has chosen rapper Drake as their spokesperson to announce their new name in Formula 1.