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Table Tennis: Tin-Tin Ho says Team World Cup experience will aid England at Commonwealth Games

PUBLISHED: 10:00 27 February 2018

Paddington table tennis star Tin-Tin Ho (pic: Alan Man)

Paddington table tennis star Tin-Tin Ho (pic: Alan Man)

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Ho part of England squad that took part in Team World Cup at Copper Box in Stratford

Tin-Tin Ho believes England’s performances at their home Team World Cup can be a springboard to success at the upcoming Commonwealth Games.

Ho, from Paddington, won England’s only match of the competition as they were eliminated in the group stage of the event at the Copper Box in Stratford, having been drawn against third seeds Hong Kong and sixth seeds Singapore.

Ranked last of the 12th competing nations, it was always going to be a tough task for England, and so it proved as they were beaten 3-0 by Hong Kong in the first match.

Kelly Sibley and Maria Tsaptsinos put up a good fight in the doubles before losing 3-1 (11-3, 9-11, 11-7, 11-7) to Lee Ho Ching and Soo Wai Yam Minnie.

Doo Hoi Kem, ranked ninth in the world, then beat Ho, currently ranked 144, 3-0 (11-3, 11-8, 14-12), before Sibley’s defeat to Minnie in the third match ended the tie.

Against Singapore, Sibley and Tsaptsinos lost the doubles 3-0 (11-4, 11-2, 11-8) to Feng Tianwei and Yu Mengyu, respectively ranked third and 51st.

Ho levelled for England with a 3-1 (8-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-6) scoreline against Zhang Wanling, but Sibley was beaten 3-1 (11-8, 7-11, 11-4, 11-9) by Mengyu, and Tianwei’s victory over Ho completed victory for Singapore.

Ho, 19, said: “On a personal level it was good I managed to get a win.

“It was a tough match and I was a bit shaky at the start, but I managed to find the right tactics.

“Kelly had a close one and played well and this is good for us to build on. If I could have got the first set against Hong Kong, things could have changed, but I was happy with how I played.

“Any match play will help us prepare for the Commonwealths, especially against these top players here.”

The Commonwealth Games take place in the Australian city of Gold Coast, with the opening ceremony taking place on April 4.

The badminton competition gets underway the following day on April 5, running all the way through until the final day of this year’s Games on April 15.

Ho will represent her country at the Village Roadshow Studios, which host the table tennis events as well as the boxing competitions, and the teenager will hope she can deliver a knockout blow to her rivals.

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