The number one table tennis player in Africa was making his return to the table following his absence after missing the World Team Championships in Chengdu, China, earlier this month, Abbeylivenetwork.com reports.
However, Aruna was dominated by Kallberg, with the three sets ending 11-8; 11-9; 11-9 respectively for 3-0 victory in favour of the Swedish in the round of 32 tie.
Meanwhile, there is consolation for the continent following the bad start for Africa representatives in the competition – both Goda, and Mariam Alhodaby lost their matches in the women’s singles round of 32 yesterday.
Egypt’s Dina Meshref defeated Lee Ho Ching of Hong Kong 3-1 on Thursday(today) to record Africa’s first win at the tournament and proceed to the Women’s Singles round of 16.
There is a lot at stake in this year’s competition, including up to 1000 ranking points, various titles, and a massive sum of $800,000 in total prize money.