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Canadians cruise through to table tennis last 16


Commonwealth number one Johnny Huang and his partner, Canadaís number one woman and third ranked in the Commonwealth, Lijuan Geng had an easy passage into the last l6 of the mixed doubles.

Johnny Huang

Johnny Huang

They beat Northern Irelandís Jonathan Cowan and Jing Yi Gao.

Unranked Aussie Russell Lavale, who ran Commonwealth number two and England number one Matthew Syed close in the menís team event, helped gain two English scalps in the mixed doubles, partnering Miao Miao, Australiaís number one woman.

The only consolation that England's Gareth Herbert and Nicola Deaton got was that they forced five sets, Miao delivering a high service at the end and Lavale smashing the return.

Commonwealth champions Yong Jun Duan and Jia Wei Li of Singapore had a surprisingly comfortable ride over top Aussie man William Henzell and Peri Campbell-Innes.

Syed, meanwhile, progressed with England's Katy Parker against a ďhang in thereĒ Segun Moses Toriola and Funke Oshonaike of Nigeria, but another English couple, Alex Perry and Helen Lower bowed out to Kiwis Peter Jackson and Li Chunli in four.

In womenís wheelchair clashes, Wales' Sara Head and Nigerian Vivian Ozurumba won opening group matches in three against Australian Luisa Silva and Felistus Anyonyi respectively.

Pleasing for the home crowd was the victory of Andrew Baggaley and Gareth Herbert in the last 32 of the menís doubles. But they were taken to a thrilling fourth by Australians Russell Lavale and Trevor Brown.

Commonwealth menís doubles title holders Alex Perry and Terry Young of England reached the eighth finals against Northern Irish pair Jonathan Cowan and Andrew Dennison (NIR).

Indian women Mantu Ghosh and Nagapattinam Indu, national fourth and sixth respectively, were taken to a fifth before knocking battling Welsh pair Beth Daunton, number one, and Natasha Lake, unranked, out of the womenís doubles.

It took five games to decide who should meet Commonwealth champions from Singapore, Jing Jun Hong and Li Jia Wei in the last l6 of the womenís doubles.

New Zealanders Tracey McLauchlan and Laura-Lee Smith earned the right against Mauritian pair Aarti Gulrajani and Fiona Picon Ackong.

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