Patrick Franziska suffered defeat in the men's singles quarter-finals ©Getty Images

Top seed Patrick Franziska suffered a quarter-final exit in the men’s singles event at the World Table Tennis (WTT) Contender tournament in Tunis.

The German had come through two tough matches in the opening stages of the event at the Sports Hall of Radès in the Tunisian capital.

Croatia’s Filip Zeljko ensured another challenging tie in the last eight, after winning the opening game of the contest 12-10.

A strong response from Franziska saw the Olympic team silver medallist win the second game 11-7 to level the score.

The top seed’s hopes were ended when Zeljko seized control of the match to win the next two games 11-6, 11-7.

Zeljko’s reward will be a semi-final against Germany’s Dang Qiu, who was an 11-5, 17-15, 11-6 winner against India’s Sathiyan Gnanasekaran.

Nigeria's Quadri Aruna is the highest seed left in the tournament after recording an 11-8, 7-11, 11-6, 11-6 win over Poland’s Jakub Dyjas.

The second seed will face Sweden’s Anton Kallberg, following his straight games 11-9, 11-8, 11-6 win over Romania’s Ovidiu Ionescu.

Austrian top seed Sofia Polcanova came from a game down for the second consecutive day to win her match in the women’s singles quarter-finals.

The world number 16 overcame Daria Trigolos of Belarus 12-14, 11-4, 11-7, 11-5.

Polcanova will face Hana Matelova in the last four, after the Czech player came through one of the tightest matches of the day.

Matelova earned an 11-7, 4-11, 8-11, 12-10, 11-8 victory over Germany’s Nina Mittelham.

Puerto Rico's Adriana Díaz and Monaco's Xiaoxin Yang will contest the second semi-final.

Diaz secured an 11-7, 11-6, 11-7 win over Portugal’s Jieni Shao, while Yang beat France's Prithika Pavade 11-6, 11-9, 7-11, 11-6.

Tomorrow will also see the finals of the men’s and women’s doubles events.

India’s Gnanasekaran and Harmeet Desai will face France’s Emmanuel Lebesson and Alexandre Cassin in the men’s final.

Switzerland’s Rachel Moret and Belarus’ Daria Trigolos take on the Swedish pairing of Linda Bergstrom and Christina Kallberg in the women’s event.