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Published: Thursday July 24, 2014 MYT 10:05:00 PM
Updated: Friday July 25, 2014 MYT 1:05:31 AM

Easy does it for Ho Ying’s C’wealth debut

Ho Ying in action against Papua New Guinea in the women's table tennis team event at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games on Thursday. - GLENN GUAN/ The Star

Ho Ying in action against Papua New Guinea in the women's table tennis team event at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games on Thursday. - GLENN GUAN/ The Star

GLASGOW: Teenage paddler Ho Ying could not have asked for an easier Commonwealth Games debut.

The 19-year-old Kuala Lumpur girl was in her element as she helped Malaysia steamroll past Papua New Guinea 3-0 in the women's Group 6 table tennis team event at the Scotstoun Sports Campus.

Veteran Beh Lee Wei got the ball rolling by disposing of Samantha Loi 11-1, 11-3, 11-4.

Ho Ying then took just 10 minutes to tame Idau Chris 11-1, 11-1, 11-5 to deliver the second point.

Ho Ying hardly needed any rest as she went on to partner Ng Sock Khim to seal the winning point by downing Lohia Geru-Samantha 11-1, 11-3, 11-1 in just eight minutes.

Ho Ying, who underwent a one-month training stint in Hebei, China, prior to the Games, is poised to replace national No. 1 Lee Wei, who will retire after the Incheon Asian Games in October.

“I’m happy with the easy win … but I’m expecting tougher opponents in the other team matches,” she said.

The Malaysian women will face Canada next.

Meanwhile, the Malaysian men's team also registered a 3-0 win over Zambia in a group match.

Mohd Shakirin Ibrahim beat Friday Ngandu 11-4, 11-6, 11-2 before Mohd Rizal Mah made it 2-0 with an 11-7, 11-1, 11-8 win over Simasiku Kalaluka.

Shakirin-Leong Chee Feng completed the whitewash by downing Kalaluka-Friday 11-6, 11-3, 11-6.

Tags / Keywords: Ho Ying, Beh Lee Wei, Ng Sock Khim, table tennis, Commonwealth Games, Glasgow

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