Mixed start to the European Table Tennis Championships

Olympic table tennis player Paul Drinkhall got off to a good start at the 2012 European Championships in Denmark, but the same couldn’t be said for everyone.

Appearing for the first time since a disappointing time in the Liverpool World Cup event, Drinkhall teamed up with Chesterfield youngster Liam Pitchford and breezed through their doubles matches, winning in straight sets against Finnish and Serbian opponents. Drinkhall had the afternoon off, but Pitchford went on to continue his success in the singles, beating Poland’s Jakub Dyjas 3-2. They weren’t the only ones to taste multiple successes on the first day; Darius Knight and Daniel Reed also scored successive doubles victories before Knight defeated Kasper Sternberg in front of his own fans. The Danes even teamed up with our players at one point, with Marte Grutle Aasebø partnering with Charlotte Carey in a tough 3-0 slog against tenacious Greeks.

Unfortunately, Carey crumbled later on, succumbing to a 3-0 defeat to Katalina Gatinska of Bulgaria and her story was one to be repeated throughout the afternoon. The British scoresheet (below) is littered with several complete victories for overseas opponents, including FOUR 0-3 losses for Scotland’s Lynda Flaws, two partnered with Corinna Whitaker, who only just avoided the same fate.

It’s the same old story – Britain just isn’t that good at table tennis. Fortunately, the European Championships begins with a group format, so not all is lost. Just quite a lot is. The likes of Drinkhall, Pitchford and Knight will be relishing the absence of Chinese, Korean and Japanese powerhouses and must feel they have a good chance of winning the tournament. And isn’t it refreshing that the sport’s top players are present, unlike a certain rowing competition I mentioned some time ago…

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Highs and Lows

Aside from the mixed performances in the table tennis Euros, it was good news for Anne Keothavong in Luxembourg. Although she’d been defeated in the first round, she was designated as a “lucky loser” and received a bye to the next round anyway. Lucky stuff, as she handily defeated Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands in straight sets.

There was even more mixed performances in the squash, with two wins and two marginal losses in the opening round. Back in Denmark, Olympian Rajiv Ouseph’s badminton deserted him as he lost to Daren Liew by quite some way. The three doubles matches didn’t go much better, with only England’s Chris Langridge and Peter Mills securing a win. Dave Chisnall did well to finish second in the latest group of Championship League darts matches, but couldn’t carry that form into the semi-final, leaving it to the Australians to duke it out.

England’s football team finally got their match against Poland underway but the fans who hung around for an extra night probably wish they hadn’t bother. A combination of dull, defensive tactics and the usual inability to pass resulted in a frustrating draw. England remain top of the group, but are expected to drop down when Montenegro play their game in hand.

Finally, Sophie Allen, entrant into one of London 2012’s swimming events, qualified for the same one here as she stormed to a 5th place finish in the 200m Individual Medley in Moscow.

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Wednesday 17/10/2012 Results

Table Tennis: European Championships

Men’s Doubles
Paul Drinkhall/Liam Pitchford 3-0 Roope Kantola/Benedek Olah (FIN) 11-7 11-9 11-8
Joshua Band/Christopher Morshead 0-3 Mihai Bobocica/Niagol Stoyanov (ITA) 6-11 6-11 3-11
Andrew Baggaley/André Silva (POR) 3-0 Mattia Berardi/Marco Vannucci (SMR) 11-2 11-9 11-8
Craig Howieson/Gavin Rumgay 0-3 Jakub Dyjas/Konrad Kulpa (POL) 6-11 7-11 3-11
Darius Knight/Daniel Reed 3-1 Kiryl Barabanov/Gleb Shamruk (BLR) 11-5 7-11 11-6 11-8
Joshua Band/Christopher Morshead 0-3 Lubomir Jancarik/Pavel Sirucek (CZE) 7-11 4-11 5-11
Craig Howieson/Gavin Rumgay 0-3 Marko Jevtovic/Zolt Pete (SRB) 3-11 8-11 9-11
Paul Drinkhall/Liam Pitchford 3-0 Samuel Novota/Peter Sereda (SRB) 11-4 11-9 11-3
Darius Knight/Daniel Reed 3-0 Constantin Cioti (ROU)/Fedor Kuzmin (RUS) 11-5 12-10 11-9
Andrew Baggaley/André Silva (POR) 3-2 Oleksandr Didukh/Ivan Katkov (UKR) 11-4 11-6 7-11 9-11 11-6

Women’s Doubles
Joanna Parker/Kelly Sibley 1-3 Ipek Karahan/Sanem Ezgi Sahin (TUR) 6-11 11-8 9-11 3-11
Lynda Flaws/Corinna Whitaker 0-3 Monika Pietkiewicz/Magdalena Szczerkowska (POL) 9-11 11-13 7-11
Angharad Phillips/Megan Phillips 0-3 Polina Trifonova/Ievgeniia Vasylieva (UKR) 6-11 9-11 8-11
Marte Grutle Aasebø (DEN)/Charlotte Carey 3-0 Maria Christoforaki/Aikaterini Toliou (GRE) 11-9 11-9 12-10
Lynda Flaws/Corinna Whitaker 0-3 Olga Baranova/Margarita Fetukhina (RUS) 5-11 5-11 3-11
Angharad Phillips/Megan Phillips 1-3 Lei Huang/Ana Neves (POR) 11-8 9-11 6-11 9-11
Joanna Parker/Kelly Sibley 3-1 Natali Ruvman/Nicole Trosman (ISR) 11-8 11-2 9-11 11-2
Angharad Phillips/Megan Phillips 1-3 Cristina Hirici/Andrada Vincze (ROU) 10-12 8-11 9-11 4-11

Men’s Singles
Christopher Morshead 0-3 Grigory Vlasov (RUS) 5-11 2-11 8-11
Joshua Band 0-3 Fedor Kuzmin (RUS) 2-11 4-11 2-11
Daniel Reed 1-3 Tomas Tregler (CZE) 11-8 2-11 4-11 8-11
Gavin Rumgay 3-2 André Silva (POR) 13-11 8-11 9-11 11-5 11-9
Darius Knight 3-2 Kasper Sternberg (DEN) 11-2 11-5 8-11 3-11 11-6
Christopher Morshead 0-3 Robert Floras (POL) 3-11 3-11 4-11
Craig Howieson 0-3 Petr Korbel (CZE) 4-11 5-11 6-11
Liam Pitchford 3-2 Jakub Dyjas (POL) 11-6 11-8 9-11 7-11 11-6
Andrew Baggaley 3-1 Julien Indeherberg (BEL) 11-9 9-11 11-7 13-11

Women’s Singles
Lynda Flaws 0-3 Szandra Pergel (HUN) 4-11 4-11 7-11
Tin Tin Ho 2-3 Jennifer Jonsson (SWE) 1-11 4-11 11-7 11-8 9-11
Kelly Sibley 0-3 Cristina Hirici (ROU) 9-11 6-11 9-11
Joanna Parker 3-0 Amare Janjeva (KOS) 11-1 11-0 11-5
Corinna Whitaker 0-3 Sabine Winter (GER) 4-11 6-11 5-11
Angharad Phillips 1-3 Galia Dvorak (ESP) 3-11 7-11 11-7 11-13
Megan Phillips 0-3 Ganna Gaponova (UKR) 4-11 3-11 3-11
Charlotte Carey 0-3 Katalina Gatinska (BUL) 3-11 5-11 6-11
Lynda Flaws 0-3 Polina Trifonova (UKR) 3-11 5-11 9-11
Tin Tin Ho 0-3 Katerina Penkavova (CZE) 4-11 5-11 8-11
Kelly Sibley 3-2 Maryia Kuchuk (BLR) 3-11 7-11 11-6 11-7 11-5
Joanna Parker 3-0 Alex Galic (SLO) 11-6 11-4 11-6
Corinna Whitaker 2-3 Ekaterina Guseva (RUS) 1-11 11-8 11-8 7-11 3-11
Angharad Phillips 1-3 Tessy Gonderinger (NED) 11-9 7-11 6-11 3-11
Megan Phillips 1-3 Jana Tomazini (SLO) 11-9 7-11 8-11 7-11

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Football: World Cup Qualifiers

Poland 1-1 England (1st)

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Swimming: FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup 2012 – Moscow

Women’s 100m Butterfly Heat
Sophie Allen – 58.90 seconds, 5th place

Women’s 200m Individual Medley
Heat: Sophie Allen – 2:08.78, 4th place
Final: Sophie Allen – 2:11:81, 5th place

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Tennis: If Stockholm Open

1st Round
Colin Fleming/Ross Hutchins beat Jamie Delgado/Ken Skupski 6-4 6-2

Tennis: BNP Paribas Luxembourg

2nd Round
Anne Keothavong beat Kiki Bertens (NED) 6-2 6-2

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Darts: Championship League – Group Five

Group Stage
Simon Whitlock (AUS) 6-3 Terry Jenkins
Robert Thornton 6-4 Wayne Jones
Paul Nicholson (AUS) 6-3 Colin Lloyd
Dave Chisnall 6-2 Mark Walsh
Wayne Jones 2-6 Simon Whitlock (AUS)
Terry Jenkins 6-3 Robert Thornton
Mark Walsh 4-6 Paul Nicholson (AUS)
Colin Lloyd 2-6 Dave Chisnall
Wayne Jones 1-6 Dave Chisnall
Simon Whitlock (AUS) 6-5 Colin Lloyd
Mark Walsh 6-5 Robert Thornton
Terry Jenkins 1-6 Paul Nicholson (AUS)
Dave Chisnall 6-2 Simon Whitlock (AUS)
Wayne Jones 6-4 Colin Lloyd
Terry Jenkins 6-5 Mark Walsh
Robert Thornton 5-6 Dave Chisnall
Colin Lloyd 4-6 Terry Jenkins
Mark Walsh 6-4 Wayne Jones
Paul Nicholson (AUS) 6-4 Wayne Jones
Terry Jenkins 6-3 Dave Chisnall
Colin Lloyd 3-6 Robert Thornton
Simon Whitlock (AUS) 6-5 Mark Walsh
Mark Walsh 4-6 Colin Lloyd
Dave Chisnall 2-6 Paul Nicholson (AUS)
Robert Thornton 6-1 Simon Whitlock (AUS)
Wayne Jones 4-6 Terry Jenkins
Dave Chisnall runner-up in group.

Semi-Finals
Paul Nicholson (AUS) 6-3 Terry Jenkins
Dave Chisnall 4-6 Simon Whitlock (AUS)

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Badminton: Yonex Denmark Open

Round 1
Rajiv Ouseph 0-2 Daren Liew (MAS) 17-21 9-21
Chris Langridge/Peter Mills 2-1 Patiphat Chalardchaleam/Nipitphon Puangpuapech (THA) 21-18 17-21 21-11
Chris Adcock/Andrew Ellis 1-2 Mathias Boe/Carsten Mogensen (DEN) 28-26 20-22 19-21
Lauren Smith/Gabrielle White 1-2 Suci Rizky Andini/Della Destiara Haris (INA) 17-21 21-17 9-21

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Squash: Santiago Open

Round One
Adrian Grant 3-0 Mark Krajcsak (HUN) 12-10 11-3 11-2
Chris Ryder 0-3 Simon Rosner (GER) 7-11 7-11 5-11
Joe Lee 1-3 Shaun Le Roux (RSA) 11-5 8-11 4-11 3-11
Adrian Waller 3-1 Andrew Wagih (EGY) 11-8 11-3 10-12 12-10

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