Nigeriaâ€™s Kazeem Makanjuola will have his hands full after been drawn against Lagos Classics champion, Egyptâ€™s Omar Assar, just as his compatriot, Aruna Quadri has been handed tough draw at the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) World Tour tagged â€œQatar Openâ€
which serves off today.
Makanjuola, who has promised to do well in Qatar, will face a Herculean task in Group Seven alongside Egyptâ€™s Assar as well as Singaporeâ€™s Zhaoxu Xin.
Also, Quadri will not find it easy in Group 10 where he will tackle Portugalâ€™s Joao Monteiro and Chinese Taipeiâ€™s Wang-Wei Peng for a place in the main draw.
Quadri and Makanjuola arrived in Doha yesterday for the second super series of the ITTF World Tour with Makanjuola playing his group matches today.
The Lagos Classics bronze medalist will square up against Singaporeâ€™s Xin on table seven for his first group match while his next match will be against the current African champion, Egyptâ€™s Assar on table five.
Quadri, who managed to win a match during the Kuwait Open, will confront Chinese Taipeiâ€™s Peng on table 10 in his first group match while his next encounter against Portugalâ€™s Monteiro holds on tomorrow on the same table as well.
However, a confident Quadri said his target was to progress to the main Just like the Kuwait Open, some of the worldâ€™s best will converge on Doha to participate in the highest prize money of the World Toursâ€™ history.
The total prize money is $500,000, followed by the ITTF China Open, which has $350,00 staked as prize money.
Players that make it to the main draw will get prize money for their efforts in the Menâ€™s Singles and Womenâ€™s Singles events.
First round losers will each receive $1,500, while winners of the Menâ€™s and Womenâ€™s Singles events will receive $35,000 each with runnersâ€™ up getting $17,000 respectively.
In each of the Menâ€™s Doubles and Womenâ€™s Doubles events, the winning pair gets $9,500, the runners up win $4,700; while in the U-21 Menâ€™s Singles and Womenâ€™s Singles events, winners will get $3,000
each. The runnersâ€™ up here will smile home with $1,500.
200 players from 35 countries are expected to compete at the Qatar