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English pair stun top seeds

02†August†2002

Following a thrilling menís doubles semi-final, Gareth Herbert and Andrew Baggaley are on course for a gold medal after toppling No 1 seeds, India's Raman Subranaian and Chetan Baboor.

Table tennis

Their opponents will be unexpected semi-finalists Ryan Jenkins and Adam Robertson of Wales who proved themselves once again by defeating No 3 seeds Duan Yong Jun and Zhang Tai Yong of Singapore after a controversial quarter-final match against Johnny Huang and Pradeebanl Peter-Paul of Canada.

More success for Wales in the mixed doubles saw Bethan Daunton and Ryan Jenkins though to the quarter-finals by beating Cai Xiao Li and Zhang Xue Ling of Singapore 3-1.

Singapore found consolation in the womenís doubles with their No 1 partnership Jing Jun Hong and Li Jia Wei now in contention for a gold medal after defeating Miao Miao and Lay Jian Fang of Australia.

They face No 2 seeds Li Chunli and Karen Li of New Zealand in the final. Li Chunli is also through to the quarter-finals in the mixed doubles with partner Peter Jackson.

It was a bad day in the doubles for Australia when a visibly distressed and tired Miao Miao and partner Russell Lavale bowed out of the mixed doubles in straight sets to Pradeebanl Peter-Paul and Marie-Christine Roussy of Canada.

In the menís singles, No 2 seed Matt Syed had a smooth ride to the quarter-finals while fifth seed Gareth Herbert, of England also, clinched his match against Scot Euan Walker in the final game.
Meanwhile, Alex Perry of England ended Welsh hopes in the singles with his defeat over Ryan Jenkins.

In the womenís singles round of 16, Miao Miao found her form and stormed through to the quarters. Welsh hopes also dwindled in the singles after Beth Daunton was defeated in a tight match by Karen Li 3-2. The No 1 and No 2 seeds, Li Jia Wei Jing Jun Hong of Singapore, both progressed.

In the womenís wheelchair singles, there was another win for undefeated Sue Gilroy of England.

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