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Women's teams reach table tennis semi-finals

28 July 2002

Singapore and New Zealand were first through to the semi-finals of the women’s team event at the Manchester Commonwealth Games.

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They easily accounted for seventh seeds Malaysia 3-0 with Jing Jun Hong, Li Wei Jia and Tan Paey Fern Sharon all in three games.

Only one of the sets went to four games, Lee Wei Beh beating Jun Hong Jing in their third game ll-6.

Third seeds New Zealand also progressed through at the expense of England (4).

The match hinged on the fourth set meeting of the number ones, Nicola Deaton (ENG) and Li Chunli (NZL) l2th and fourth in the Commonwealth respectively.

Typified by her hard smash and accompanying groan, Chunli took Deaton apart in three straight, not just with an attack that broke down Deaton's magnificent defence, but on devious serving.

Deaton had earlier given the host nation hope by drawing them level with a three-straight victory over Tracey McLauchlan (NZL) ll-1, 11-3, 11-6.

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