Top seeds Dina Meshref and Quadri Aruna cruised into the semi-finals of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Africa Cup in Lagos in Nigeria.
Egypt's defending champion Meshref picked up from where she left off yesterday at Sir Molade Okoya Thomas Indoor Sports Hall as she raced to a 11-9, 11-2, 11-2, 11-8 victory over Nigerian Fatima Bello.
Compatriot and third seed Farah Abdel-Aziz was the day's biggest casualty as she bowed out of the medal fight, losing her round of 16 clash 4-3 against second seed Edem Offiong.
Nigeria's Offiong triumphed in a seven-set thriller to book a quarter-final spot and she reached the last four with another hard-fought win as she edged out compatriot Olufunke Oshonaike 11-9, 7-11, 11-6, 8-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-8.
Women's fourth seed Yousra Helmy of Egypt won her quarter-final 11-4, 11-6, 8-11, 11-6, 11-7 against Sarah Hanffou of Cameroon.
Completing the women's semi-finals line-up is 22nd seed Fadwa Garci of Tunisia, who defeated Nigerian Ajoke Ojuma 11-7, 11-5, 6-11, 2-11, 11-8, 11-7.
Ibrahima Diaw of Senegal gave Aruna and Lagos a scare but in the end, the big man himself won 4-3 in a very nervy match.— Sola Oyeniyi (Royalty) (@sholsss) August 4, 2019
At some point the NTTF President couldn't watch because it was crazy 😁
Aruna will face Omar Assar tomorrow as he hopes to defend his title#ITTFAfricaCup19 pic.twitter.com/ZaTCdMbKAx
Nigeria's Aruna remained on course for glory in the men's tournament as he booked a last four berth by defeating Ibrahima Diaw of Senegal.
Diaw pushed the men's top seed all the way but eventually succumbed in a 4-3 loss, Aruna clinching victory by winning the deciding set 12-10.
Egypt's defending champion Omar Assar awaits in the semi-finals, but he was also forced to dig deep against Nigerian Olajide Omotayo.
Assar, bidding for a third ITTF Africa Cup title, fought back to reach the last four with a 14-12, 6-11, 8-11, 11-2, 11-4 win.
Second seed Ahmed Saleh of Egypt overcame Nigerian Bode Abiodun 11-8, 9-11, 12-10, 7-11, 11-9, 11-5 in the last eight.
He meets Sami Kherouf of Algeria in the semi-finals after he won 9-11, 11-4, 12-10 13-11, 13-15, 11-5 against Congo's Saheed Idowu.