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Published: Tuesday July 29, 2014 MYT 11:22:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday July 30, 2014 MYT 1:27:23 AM

Malaysian paddlers stroll to easy wins (updated)

GLASGOW: Teenager Leong Chee Feng cruised into the knockout stage after two convincing wins in the men's table tennis singles group matches at the Scotstoun Sports Campus.

The 16-year-old student needed just 14 minutes to eliminate Katirakei Tetabo of Kiribati 11-4, 11-3, 11-4 before defeating Josh Band of Jersey 11-4, 16-14, 11-3, 11-6 to top Group 11.

Chee Feng from said that he was motivated by the women's paddlers’ unexpected silver medal in the team event.

“Their success has encouraged us to defy the odds and to do well in the singles, doubles and mixed doubles events,” he said.

National No. 1 Mohd Shakirin Ibrahim also advanced to the next round after winning both his Group 6 matches – beating Craig Gascoyne of Jersey 11-6, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9, 11-4 and Christopher Franklin of Guyana 11-9, 11-9, 11-3, 11-9.

Two women paddlers – Ho Ying and Ng Sock Khim – also topped their groups to reach the next round.

Ho Ying just needed just 13 minutes to dispose of Laura Sinon of Seychelles 11-3, 11-4, 11-7, 11-3 in Group 11 and just 12 minutes to dispose of 19-year-old send Della Mgenya Njani of Kenya 11-5, 11-5, 11-1, 11-1.

Ng Sock Khim had it slightly tougher – struggling to overcome Erandi Warussawithana of Sri Lanka 9-11, 11-2, 11-2, 11-7, 8-11, 11-5 in a Group 14. In the second match, she beat Mwamvita Mohamed of Tanzania 11-6, 11-2, 11-5, 11-1.

Tags / Keywords: Ho Ying, Ng Sock Khim, table tennis, Commonwealth Games, Glasgow, Mohd Shakirin Ibrahim

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