The latest International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) rankings have ranked Nigerian born Aruna Quadri among the top 10 players globally.
The 33-year-old rose two places in the latest ranking released on Tuesday to place the 10th best table tennis player globally.
The ranking makes Quadri the first African, Nigerian or black table tennis player to break into the top echelon of the game.
He sits in the illustrious position with 1565 points, aided by his historical display at the World Table Tennis (WTT) star contender championship in Qatar in March.
Quadri defeated three Chinese players to become the first African player to reach the semi-final of the WTT star contender event.
He has been rising since he entered the world’s top 15 in September 2021.
Egypt’s Omar Assar gained eight steps up in the rating to occupy 18th place in the men’s singles ranking.
Ahmed Saleh dropped nine steps down to 58th, while Ibrahima Diaw of Senegal ranked 61st on the log.
Nigeria’s Olajide Omotayo also dropped by ten steps to be ranked 99th, while Bode Abiodun rose to 97th.
Egypt’s Mariam Alhodaby is the highest-ranked African female player in the 40th position in the women’s ranking.
Nigeria’s Offiong Edem is Nigeria’s highest-ranked woman in the 89th position, moving ten steps up.