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Favourites en route to table tennis medals


Russell Lavale was was embroiled in a tight contest in the menís table tennis singles.

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His match against Singaporeís Yew Fai Sen was taken to the bitter end with Lavale triumphing in the seventh and final game. Despite his win, he appeared unhappy with the level of his play.

He will now face Chetan Baboor of India and will need to play at the top of his game to defeat Indiaís number one and make it through to the last 16.

Singaporeís Cai Xiao Li was defeated by Sourav Chakraborty of India 4-1 and Monday Merotohun of Nigeria lost to Trinidad and Tobagoís number one, Dexter St Louis.

Jonathan Cowan of Northern Ireland had an easy win over Pakistanís leading player, Asim Qureshi. Having played him last year in a close match at the World Championships in Osaka, Japan, Cowan knew what to expect and cruised through.

Welsh national champion, Adam Robertson went through against Hubert Sylvain Noah Essomba of Cameroon. Seventeen-year-old Gavin Rumgay of Scotland battled hard against Commonwealth Games team silver medallist Nosiru Kazeem of Nigeria, but could not hold out against his aggressive play and went out 2-4.

In the womenís wheelchair event, British number one, Sue Gilroy, defeated Sara Head of Wales and Alette Moll of South Africa defeated Omolara Afolabi of Nigeria.

In the menís doubles, Andrew Baggaley and Gareth Herbert of England beat Bence Csaba and Faazil Kassam of Canada to progress to the quarter-finals. Indiaís Sourav Chakraborty and Soumyadeep Roy didnít go down without a fight against number three seeds Duan Yong Jin and Zhang Tai Yong (SIN), losing 3-2.

Number five seeds Nick Deaton and Helen Lower of England were defeated by the lesser known pair of Mantu Ghosh and Nagapattinam Indu of India, 3-2. While there were also wins for sister combos - Li Chunli and Karen Li of New Zealand and Beh Lee Fong and Beh Lee Wei of Malaysia.

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