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Table Tennis: S’pore male paddlers through to World Championships quarter-finals

Singapore's male paddlers are through to the quarter-finals of the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Tokyo.

SINGAPORE: Singapore's male paddlers are through to the quarter-finals of the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Tokyo.

On Thursday, their female counterparts booked an automatic spot in the last eight after topping their group.

The men's team was up against Sweden for a place in the quarters.

Gao Ning got the team off to a winning start, beating Kristian Karlsson 3-2 in the first match, but Yang Zi went down 1-3 to Jens Lundqvist.

Clarence Chew then helped Singapore reclaim the advantage, winning 3-1 against Par Gerell.

Gao then wrapped it up for the Republic when he overcame Lundqvist 3-0.

Singapore takes on Germany in Saturday's quarter-finals.

The Germans had beaten the Singapore team 3-0 in the group stages.

Eddy Tay, Singapore Table Tennis Association's team manager, said: "Clarence Chew put up a superb performance. He created the biggest upset of the tournament because the Sweden player is currently world ranked 35, whereas he is ranked more than 200-plus. He put up a great performance.

"We are of course going into this quarter-finals as the underdogs, just give a good fight and we have nothing to lose."

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