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Table tennis drama in quarter finals

02†August†2002

There was drama in the quarter-finals of the menís doubles as England's Commonwealth champions Perry and Young crashed out.

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Matthew Syed is doing well in the men's singles

In the other quarter final top Canadians Johnny Huang and Pradeebanl Peter-Paul of Canada walked out due to a ruling dispute.

Huang disputed a service point at the end of the second game and conceded to Ryan Jenkins and Adam Robertson of Wales when the referee ruled that a Welsh serve had gone on the correct side of the table.

The Canadian coach Dejan Papic said: ďIt took some time to calm him down afterwards. Itís the first time Iíve been in a competition with him.Ē

ďI was stunned by his overreaction. But I must say that Iím also stunned by this decision,Ē he added.

Meanwhile, the counter-attacking of top Singapore players Duan Yong Jun and Zhang Tai Yong was too much for Englandís Alex Perry and Terry Young.

Commonwealth champions in the womenís doubles and No 1 seeds Jing Jun Hong and Li Jia Wei of Singapore went through to the semi-finals with Canadians Petra Cada and Chris Xu managing to take only one game off them.

Tan Paey Fern Sharon and Zhang Xue Ling of Singapore also reached the semi-finals, Beh Lee Fong and Beh Lee Wei of Malaysia being forced into too many errors.

This set up the strong possibility of an all-Singapore final as the two pairs have missed each other in the semi-finals.

There was also a tense six-gamer in which Englandís Gareth Herbert won the final two games against Adam Robertson of Wales despite not always prevailing in the counter attack.

In the menís singles, Commonwealth No 1 Huang made up for his doubles debacle and went through in four, as did Andrew Baggaley and Matt Syed of England, Chetan Baboor of India, and Singaporeís Yong Jun Duan.

Baggaley said: ďIt was an amazing game. I canít believe we came through. Obviously it went down to the last set and to have come through is fantastic.Ē

Matches in the last 32 of the Menís Singles were decided on a best-of-seven basis.

Dexter St Louis of Trinidad was not even on the Commonwealth ranking list at the start of the tournament, but his name was on everyoneís lips after disposing of New Zealand No 1, Peter Jackson, in six.

Wales No 1 and ninth seed Ryan Jenkins took seven games to see off Australiaís Brett Clarke, as did Bence Csaba of Canada against Englandís Terry Young.

Great counter-attacking entertained the near capacity crowd in the womenís singles match in which Karen Li of New Zealandís was taken to six by Australiaís Lay Jian Fang, while England No 1 Nick Deaton was shocked by unranked Indian Nandita Saha in seven nail-biters.

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