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Singapore in charge of Commonwealth Games table tennis

GLASGOW -- Top seeds Singapore's women secured their progress from the preliminary round of the team table tennis at the Commonwealth Games before the men's team pulled off another convincing victory.

The women followed up their 3-0 win over Sri Lanka on the first morning of competition with a routine 3-0 victory against Northern Ireland.

The men maintained the form they showed in beating Ghana 3-0 in their first match with another comprehensive 3-0 victory over Sri Lanka.

Their final match of Pool A comes against Seychelles on Friday.

Even without number one player Feng Tianwei, the Singapore women made short work of Northern Ireland to underline their prospects of gold at the Scotstoun Sports Complex.

The men's team were able to rest their top player Gao Ning, who only dropped 17 points in his singles match against Ghana, for their victory against Sri Lanka.

Coach Yang Chuanning, who has been pleased with the impact of Zhan Jian, is wary of the mental pressure on Gao.

He said: "Participating in the Commonwealth Games brings a lot of pressure. Being an athlete is not just technical ability, it's also about mental application and you only play well when these two are right.

"We're not worried about the skills, we're worried about the mental side. Zhan Jian raises the level of our team because he's a very complete player."

Also in the men's tournament, second seeds England continued their solid start to the competition by picking up a 3-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago to follow their earlier win over Jamaica by the same margin.

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