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.