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Table Tennis: Egypt’s Omar Assar becomes highest-ranking African in history

Omar Assar becomes Africa's highest ranked table tennis player

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Egypt’s Omar Assar has jumped ten places in the latest monthly Table Tennis rankings released by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) on Thursday.

Assar, who was crowned African Champion last October, has set a new African record after rising to the 21st place with 2528 points in the latest monthly ranking by ITTF.

The 26-year-old has earned a deserved progress following his brilliant performances in the Seamaster 2017 ITTF World Tour Platinum Austrian Open held in Linz, which saw him reach the quarter-finals of the World Tour.

Assar started his campaign by a seven-game match against Germany’s Patrick Baum (11-7, 5-11, 12-10, 11-9, 6-11, 7-11, 11-9) in the preliminary round before topping group 6 in the group stages with victories over Slovenia’s Deni Kozul and Sweden’s Elias Ranefur.

In the round of 16, Assar beat Kristian Karlsson of Sweden 4-2 (7-11, 9-11, 11-8, 12-10, 12-10, 11-7). The Egyptian champion then lost 4-1 (7-11, 13-15, 16-14, 4-11, 11-13) in the quarter-final to China’s Yan An, who was later defeated in the final by his fellow countryman Lin Gaoyuan.

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