England, India sail in table tennis

July 26, 2014 - 1:07:50 am
Scotland’s Gillian Edwards serves the ball during her individual match against Guyana’s Chelsea Edgehill in the women’s table tennis preliminary round at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, yesterday.

GLASGOW: Third and fourth seeds England and India maintained their strong starts to the women’s table tennis at the Commonwealth Games yesterday, following Singapore and Australia into the knock-out phase with near perfect records.

With smaller pools of three teams, Singapore and Australia confirmed progression from their pools on the opening day.

They were joined by an England team that picked up its third successive 3-0 win, beating Tanzania after earlier victories against Ghana and Trinidad and Tobago.

India followed up a 3-0 win over Barbados and a 3-1 victory against Nigeria with a 3-0 success against Kenya in their final Pool D match and they are followed through by Nigeria, who beat Barbados 3-0.

New Zealand followed up their memorable 3-2 victory over Wales with a 3-0 win over Mauritius and they are joined in the knock-out phase by Wales after their 3-0 win over Vanuatu.

Twelve years after she won gold in the women’s singles in Manchester, Li Chunli, 54, and team-mate Sun Yang believes the veteran has made a significant difference.

Malaysia and Canada also progressed to the knock-out stages from Pool F.

With their qualification already sealed, Singapore’s men completed a perfect start to the tournament with a third straight 3-0 win, backing up victories against Ghana and Sri Lanka with a win over Seychelles earlier in the event.

Second seeds England beat Barbados 3-0 to follow up their victories over Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago by the same scoreline.

AFP

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