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Table-tennis: Ho’s hopes ended by Spanish

PUBLISHED: 08:00 23 January 2020

Tin-Tin Ho in action in the women's team event at the Olympic qualifying tournament (pic RG/ITTF)

Tin-Tin Ho in action in the women's team event at the Olympic qualifying tournament (pic RG/ITTF)

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Tin-Tin Ho’s dreams of helping Great Britain to qualify a women’s team for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics were ended by a ruthless Spanish display at the qualifying tournament in Portugal on Wednesday.

Ranked 11 places below their 14th-ranked opponents, it was always going to be a tough task for Great Britain's trio of Ho, fellow England Commonwealth Games medallist Maria Tsaptsinos and Wales' Charlotte Carey.

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All three GB players are ranked below their opposite numbers, but they made the ideal start as Carey and Tsaptsinos took the first game of the opening doubles 11-7 against Galia Dvorak and Sofia-Xuan Zhang.

But that was as good as it got for GB as the Spanish won the next nine games, taking the doubles 3-1 (7-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-8) before Ho, the world number 102, lost 3-0 (11-9, 11-3, 11-8) to number 69 Maria Xiao.

Dvorak then beat Carey 3-0 (11-5, 11-5, 11-6) to see Spain through to the final play-off match against Austria, in which the winner will book a place in Tokyo.

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