Nigeria take the Men’s Team Bronze

The Bronze Medal match was first on court today at the Scotstoun Sports Campus in the Table Tennis Team Competition of the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

ACHANTA Sharath Kamal (1)

Sharath Kamal Achanta got the Indian tally started
India, who came so close against England, faced Nigeria, who had worried the mighty Singapore. First match was fought between the two No 1’s Segun Toriola for Nigeria against Sharath Kamal Achanta for India. Achanta dominated with one of the best diplays of controlled attacking he has produced at the games. he never let Toriola dominate and won in three comfortable games. India 1 Nigeria 0

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Quadri Aruna, undefeated throughout the Men’s Team Championship

Second match was the battle of the young guns, Harmeet Rajul Desai for India and the undefeated to date Quadri Aruna for Nigeria, Aruna has one of the most powerful forehand shots in the competition and he used it to good use in taking a 2-0 lead, Desai took the third game with good aggression himself but the Aruna forehand rocketed onto the corners of the table in the first three points of the fourth game and Desai could not recover that deficit. India 1 Nigeria 1

So to the doubles, Ojo Onaolapo and Segun Torioa for Nigeria faced Anthony Arputharaj and Harmeet Rajul Desai. The Indian pair took the first game very comfortably but the Nigerians fought back winning the second and third games the Indians responded to take the fourth 11-9, the fifth game was tight to 6-6 but the Nigerians forged ahead to 9-6 and finally took the match 11-9. India 1 Nigeria 2

The fourth game saw the return of Sharath Kamal Achanta, World Ranked 44, against Ojo Onaolapo, World Ranked 358, surely there could only be one winner, oh no, the Nigerian produced the games of his life winning the first 11-9, Achanta responded 11-3 but the Nigerian took the third 11-7 and the fourth 11-5 so Nigeria take the Bronze medal

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The Mens semi finals shine in Glasgow

Two unbelievably tense Men’s Semi finals were the order of the day this evening in the Table Tennis at Scotstoun Sports Complex. Four teams fighting for a chance of a Gold Medal in the 20th Commonwealth GamesFirst match was Singapore against Nigeria, In the first match Gao Ning was comfortable in the first two games playing Segun Toriola but the Nigeria responded to take the third and fourth games but that was all for Nigeria. The fifth went to Gao Ning 11-8.In the second match Quadri Aruna continued his winning ways defeating Jian Zhan by three games to one, Singapore 1 Nigeria 1.

So to the doubles which went to Singapore 3-1 and Jian Zhan repeated the 3-1 scoreline in the fourth match defeating Bode Abiodun to take the semifinal and keep their Gold Medal dream alive

GAO Ning (1)

Gao Ning came through a battle with Segun Toriola to set Singapore on their way

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Liam Pitchford his two superb 5 game wins were the key to England’s Victory

So to the second final England against India and what a fight it became.First match was Liam Pitchford against Sharath Kamal Achanta. The Indian was the higher ranked player but a superb performance from Liam Pitchford took the game 3-2 (11-4, 8-11, 9-11, 11-5, 11-6). England 1-0.Paul Drinkhall dominated Anthony Arputharaj winning in 3 straight games (11-5, 11-8, 11-9). England 2-0

So to the doubles, Paul Drinkhall and Andrew Baggaley won the first game, were 10-7 up in the second but lost it 14-16, the Indian pair of Anthony Arputharaj and Harmeet Rajul Desai won the third, the English pair won the fourth but the fifth slipped away to the Indian Team 11-13. England 2 India 1

Match four, Liam Pitchford fresh from his great win in the first game, it looked like the match against Harmeet Rajul Desai was England’s as he stormed to a two game lead and was 10-4 up in the third but unbelievably he could not fall over the line and that game went to Desai 12-10 as did the fourth game.

In a titanic fifth game Desai stood 8-6 up but some superb points by Pitchford recovered to 10-9. Desai would not lie down so on into the deuce, match point after match point for England and a couple for India too were for nothing until 15-15 when Liam once again produced two superb shots to take the final game 17-15 and with it the match and the chance of a Gold Medal

Tommorrow

Nigeria face India in the Bronze medal match

England face Singapore in the final

Should be more enthralling Table tennis on show

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Australia, Bronze, Malaysia, Silver, Singapore, Gold

ZHANG Ziyu (2)

Ziyu Zhang the mainstay of the Australian Bronze success with two singles wins

It was Women’s Medal Day in the Table Tennis Competition at the 20th Commonwealth Game played at Scotstoun Sports Campus today

First up on court the Women’s Bronze medal match which went one way and then the other right up to the end. Ziyu Zhang began with a 3-1 defeat of Shamini Kumaresan, India replied in the battle of the close to the table pimpled twiddlers, Manika Batra defeating Jian Fang Lay with her better hitting on the smooth side.

So to the doubles, 21-19 to India in the first, 11-3 to Australia in the second, was there a bad way round for the Indians? yes was the answer, India won the third again close 11-9, and Australia responded 11-4, In the fifth the Australians took a lead into the changeover at 5-2 and were never really troubled after that.

Fourth game Ziyu Zhang against Madhurika Suhas Patkar, Zhang took the first 11-9, Patkar replied with the next two games (11-5, 11-8), Zhang took the fourth 11-8 and came back from behind to win the Bronze Medal 11-9 in the fifth game as the Indian player became a little tentative and tight missing some important hitting opportunities.

 

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Tianwei Feng, living up to her high rating with straightforward wins

So to the Gold Medal match could the Malaysian team beat the perennial Gold Medalists Singapore. the answer was emphatically no, Singapore ran off three games in double quick time, Mengyu Yu defeated Ng Sock Khim 3-1, Tianwei Feng defeated Beh Lee Wei in 3 decisive games and the doubles was taken by Singapore 3-1 as well.

Singapore remain with their stranglehold on the Womens Team Gold Medal winning it for the fourth time in four attempts

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Top seeds progress in Glasgow

 

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Manika Batra beat Mengyu Yu and frightened Ye Lin

Singapore, both Men and Women continue to impress in the 20th Commonwealth Games Table Tennis Team Events at the Scotstoun Sports Campus

The Singapore Men played first dominating New Zealand in their Mens Quarter final winning 3-0 in double quick time.

The Women faced India and for the first time in this event there were signs of concern on the Singapore coaches face as India’s Manika Batra first of all defeated Mengyu Yu in five tremendous games and then when Manika Batra faced Ye Lin it was real struggle for the Singapore player, first game won 11-9 coming back from several points down, second game went to Batra, was she going to fox another player with her twiddling close to the table pimples and fast rubber style, it was not to be but neither of the other two games could be called easy, Ye Lin adapted well and had the power to take the games. and the Singapore Women will grace the Final winning 3-1.

Their opponents will be Malaysia, conquerors of England earlier in the day, who beat Australia 3-1, the Australian win was noteworthy in the fact that Ziyu Zhang became the first player to defeat Ng Sock Khim and she triumphed in three straight games.

The final matches of the day were the second pair of Mens Quarter finals, both were quickly over as India disposed of the hosts Scotland and England were dominant against their close neighbors Wales or at least were after Paul Drinkhall had dropped the first game against Ryan Jenkins – both matches were complete in quick time with 3-0 wins for the seeded teams

DRINKHALL Paul (4)
Paul Drinkhall recovered after a slightly tentative first game against Ryan Jenkins

The Mens Semi Finals tomorrow will be

Singapore v Nigeria and India v England

and the Womens final will take place in addition

Singapore v Malaysia

It promises to be a superb days play

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Quarter final Triumph for Malaysia

 

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Tin Tin Ho came so close to taking England to the Semi Finals

The Womens quarter finals were the morning matches today at the 20th Commonwealth Games, the Table Tennis coming from the Scotstoun Sports Campus

Three quarter finals were decisive, Singapore beat Canada, India beat New Zealand and Australia beat Wales, all 3-0 matches

The fourth quarter final could not have been more different won 11-9 in the fifth game of the fifth individual match

First up Joanna Drinkhall got England off to a perfect start with a 3-1 defeat of the experienced Beh Lee Wei but undefeated Ng Sock Khim was too strong for Kelly Sibley winning in 3 games to level the match.

BEH Lee Wei (2)

 

Beh Lee Wei provides the experience for an otherwise young Malaysia team

The doubles was the first of the unbelievably close contests, Beh Lee Wei alongside Ho Ying defeated Kelly Sibley and Tin-Tin Ho is 5 games, the first went to the Malaysians as Ho Ying dominated the table, the second game went to the English pair as Ho Ying found-Tin Tin’s shots virtually impossible to handle. Third game and again Ho Ying dominated, on the the fourth and again the Ho Ying game again went to peices against Tin Tin Ho. So to the fifth, the Malaysians turned around on 5-2 and the pressure told and the Malaysians took the final game 11-6. 2-1 to Malaysia.

Match four, Joanna Drinkhall against Ho Ying who found Joanna’s mix of solid defence and pick hitting just too much for her losing in 3 straight games. Match score Malaysia 2 England 2

So to the final individual match, fifteen year old Tin Tin Ho for England against the undefeated to date Ng Sock Khim for Malaysia, it looked that that undefeated tag might disappear as Tin Tin marched to a two game lead but both games had been really tight (13-11, 11-9), Ng Sock Khim responded winning the next two games (11-5, 11-9). So all turned on one game, it was nip and tuck all the way to about 5 all but then the Malaysian took a two point lead which stayed a 1 point or 2 point lead all the rest of the match, Ng Sock Khim winning 11-9 in the fifth game to delight the Malaysians and devastate England who had come so close.

The Mens first round has also been completed Singapore and England as the two two seeds had byes but all the other qualified teams had to play.

Scotland beat Sri Lanka by three matches to nil as did India against Malaysia and New Zealand in opposition to Barbados; whilst Wales overcame Mauritius by three matches to one and Australia defeated Canada by the same score.

Nigeria were extended to the full five match distance and as earlier in the competition, a double from Quadri Aruna turned the match for Nigeria. Northern Ireland No 1 Paul McCreery had an excellent 5 game victory over the very experienced Segun Toriolia  (13-11, 13-11, 8-11, 11-5, 13-11) and Ashley Robinson got the Irish off to a great start beating  Ojo Onaolapo (14-12, 7-11, 11-6, 12-10). The doubles however went Nigeria’s way.

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Qualification Day in Glasgow

 

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The qualification groups came to a close on the second day of the Table Tennis at the 20th Commonwealth Games.

The Scotstoun Sports Campus intensely hot as it was, saw some intense competition as well

In the Men’s Teams all seven first seeds finished first in their group and all second seeds finished second, what is more in the final round of matches the first seeds all won 3-0, Singapore beat Seychelles, England beat Barbados, India beat Guyana, Nigeria beat Kiribati, Canada beat Uganda, Australia beat Zambia and New Zealand beat Papua New Guinea.

In the Women’s Team competition again all the first seeds qualified with 3-0 wins as England beat UR Tanzania, India beat Kenya, New Zealand beat Mauritius, and Canada beat Papua New Guinea. It was not the case of the second seeds however.

Northern Ireland fell at the hands of Sri Lanka. Hansani Piumila started the match with a really tight win, 13-11 in the fifth game over Amanda Mogey, Ishara Madurangi followed that up with a 3-1 win over Ashley Givan, Ireland came back to take the doubles but Erandi Warusawithana closed out the match for Sri Lanka with a 3-0 victory over Ashley Givan.

Scotland also found lower ranked opponents unbeatable, Guyana started from the front as well as Trenace Lowe gave Guyana the ideal start by beating Corinna Whittaker 3-0, Natalie Cummings doubled the advantage by overcoming Gillian Edwards in 5 games 3-2. Scotland recovered to win the doubles.

Lynda Flaws won with a brilliant recovery from 8-10 down in the fourth game against Natalie Cummings, having won the fourth Lynda took the fifth as well to level the Team Match score at 2-2.

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EDGHILL Chelsea (5)

Final match 17 year old Chelsea Edghill faced the Scottish No 1, Gillian Edwards, Chelsea fell behind 2-1 in games but reeled off the fourth and fifth games to give Guyana the match 3 – 2

The first knockout rounds in the Mens competition also took place in the evening. India proved too strong for Malaysia, Scotland were also too strong for Sri Lanka and India also were too good for Malaysia, all matches .finishing 3-0. Australia beat Canada 3-1 only the doubles going northwards and Wales also overcame a first match defeat of Steven Jenkins by Akhilen Yogarajah, Akhilen winning 17-15 in the fifth. Wales took the next 3 to win 3-1

The fourth match went all the way as Northern Ireland battled Nigeria. Northern Ireland started well as Ashley Robinson defeated Ojo Onaolapo but Quadri Aruna leveled things beating Paul McCreery, the doubles went to the Nigerians, but Paul McCreery leveled the match with a superb 13-11 in the fifth win over the highly experienced Segun Toriola. All on the final match then and Quadri Aruna took his second win for Nigeria with a 3 straight win over Peter Graham

Quarter finals tomorrow

In the Womens competition in the morning, Canada face the might of Singapore the No 1 seeds, New Zealand take on India, England play Malasyia and Wales will battle it out against Australia The Mens quarter finals are split into 2 pairs – at 12.00 No 1 Seeds Singapore take on New Zealand and Australia face Nigeria. The second pair of matches is at 18:30 where India face Scotland and Wales take on the No 2 Seeds England.

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Stupendous Action on Day 1 in Glasgow

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Table Tennis returned to the Scotstoun Sports Campus with a superb days play in the 20th Commonwealth Games Team Event Qualification Groups

The top seeded teams were relatively untroubled in both rounds today but there were some real battles especially in Round 2 of the groups

Womens team

The experience of Li Chunli just saw the New Zealand team through against a spirited Welsh team. Li Chunli beat Charlotte Carey in match 1 but Wales responded with a win for Naomi Owen over Annie Yang and then took a hard fought doubles win as well to stand on the brink at 2-1 ahead. It was not to be however as first Li Karen beat Naomi Owen and then Li Chunli took the match for New Zealand in a 3 games to 1 defeat of Charlotte Carey

At the same time Malaysia came through 3-2 against Canada, Mo Zhang won both her matches for Canada including a hard fought 3 to 2 win over Beh Lee Wei but the Malaysians won the other three individual matches, Ng Sock Khim winning both her matches and Malaysia winning the crucial doubles.

Mens team

Gavin Rumgay was the comeback king as he steered Scotland to a 3-1 defeat of Canada. Rumgay started proceedings well with a straight game win over Andre Ho but Scotland were pegged back when Zhen Wang took the second match against Sean Doherty. The doubles went to Scotland and then Gavin Rumgay stepped to the fray again against Pierre-Luc Theriault.

The Canadian dominated the first two games particularly with his serve to Gavins forehand which was really causing problems for the Scot. Rumgay rallied in the 3rd game improving his return of service to win 11-9, the fourth game was another titanic struggle but again it went to Gavin this time 12-10, The recovery was complete in the fifth game which Rumgay dominated 11-2 to give Scotland a 3-1 win in the match

The final round of matches also saw New Zealand and Wales go head to head in the Mens Competition and this time it was Wales that took the spoils. It did not start well for Wales as first Phillip Xiao defeated Daniel O’Connell and then Tengteng Liu added a hard fought three games to two win over Ryan Jenkins. That was it for New Zealand, Wales took the doubles and then wins for Stephen Jenkins and Ryan Jenkins took the match 3-2.

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CTTF History

 

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Copies of the CTTF History were given to all member associations when it was first published in 2001.

We still have a dozen copies left and these will be available to purchase at £10 each at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Please contact us on ajransome@aol.com if you would like to buy one there and we will reserve copies for orders placed in advance.

Table Tennis Athletes Announced for Team Scotland

Table-Tennis-AnnouncementL to R: Sean Docherty, Gillian Edwards, Corinna Whitaker, Lynda Flaws

Commonwealth Games Scotland today announced its team of seven Table Tennis players selected to represent Team Scotland at Glasgow 2014. The team is a good blend of experienced players and youth with three of the men having competed in previous Commonwealth Games, whilst for the other four this will be their first experience of a multi-sport event.

Perth-born Gavin Rumgay is Scotland’s leading player and the team’s most experienced member, having competed in the Manchester 2002 and Delhi 2010 Games. Niall Cameron and Craig Howieson are both back for their second Games after competing in Manchester and Delhi respectively. Sean Doherty, Gillian Edwards, Lynda Flaws and Corinna Whitaker will be making their Games debut in Glasgow.

Table Tennis is a relative newcomer to the Games. It was introduced in Manchester 2002 and has been in the Games ever since. Table Tennis has its own Commonwealth Championships and its most recent event, held in Delhi last year, acted as a selection event for Glasgow hopefuls whilst providing a gauge of how the Scotland team stacked up against the rest of the Commonwealth.

The Team Scotland selection bar had been set at a top eight finish at the Commonwealth Championships. Scotland’s men finished with the Bronze medal, whilst the women came seventh. It was a reminder that on its day Scotland is more than capable of upsetting bigger nations. This April Scotland performed well in the Tokyo World Championships, finishing seventh out of all the Commonwealth countries.

“It is small margins that separate many of the top teams and last year’s Commonwealth Championships was a case of everything falling into place,” said Team Manager Euan Walker, who competed in the 2002 Manchester Games and produced the team’s best individual result, reaching the last 16 of the men’s singles. The Scotland team came ninth and finished in the same position in Delhi.

“And it was a case in point that we are in that clutch of teams that, if everything goes well and we play well, then we have a chance of winning some big matches and causing upsets. In that respect we go in to Glasgow confident whilst being realistic that we are not favourites. The Glasgow dimension adds another twist to it and I’ve certainly sensed a stepping up of the intensity of the preparations.”

Since Delhi 2010, Scotland’s elite squad has been working very closely with the sportscotland institute of sport. The sport has taken on Hungarian Marton Marsi as a full time head coach and created a base for its elite squad at the University of Edinburgh. Bringing together the Scottish based players on a regular basis has enabled the squad to train harder than ever before.

Walker added: “As a result I have noticed a big difference over the last couple of years in how the intensity levels and professionalism have improved amongst our players. There’s no magic formula about success in events. It’s about getting the right preparation, the right training, the right coaching and providing an environment for all the players to progress together.

“We have all that now and this gives us a blueprint for how we need to keep progressing and moving the sport forward. A successful Commonwealth Games in Glasgow will help us in our journey where our goal is to be regularly competing for medals on the Commonwealth stage.”

The Table Tennis competition takes place from 24 July to 2 August at Scotstoun Sports Campus, where up to 10 competition tables, including two main show courts, will see athletes contest Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles as well as dedicated Team events.

SELECTED TABLE TENNIS ATHLETES

NAME EVENT

Niall Cameron Team Event

Sean Doherty Team Event

Craig Howieson Team Event, Men’s Doubles

Gavin Rumgay Team Event, Men’s Doubles

Gillian Edwards Team Event

Lynda Flaws Team Event

Corinna Whitaker Team Event

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