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Guernsey at Delhi 2010: Day Four round-up

Swimmers in Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games

Highlights of day four in Delhi

Heather Watson went out in the quarter-finals of the Commonwealth Games tennis tournament to number one seed and world number 62 Anastasia Rodionova.

Watson faced an uphill struggle as she faced a challenging opponent while fighting illness and succumbed to the Australian 6-0 6-2.

The last-eight finish was the best ever Commonwealth Games performance from a Guernsey tennis player.

Watson is just one of a number of athletes who has fallen ill.

Rodionova was the second-highest ranked player Watson has played, she beat world number 48 Aleksandra Wozniak 6-3 6-2 in the first round at Eastbourne's Aegon International tournament in June.

That was Watson's first WTA main draw win. The 18-year-old, ranked 202 in the world, has beaten two other top 100 players, Sabine Lisicki in September and Tsvetana Pironkova in June.

Tom Druce qualified for the semi-finals of the 400m at the Commonwealth Games this morning but he had to phone home to discover his fate as he struggled to find out the results at the games in Delhi.

Ian Powell
Powell reached the semi-finals of the 100m butterfly

Druce finished as the sixth of the nine 'fastest losers' having run a time of 47.4 seconds.

Hywel Robinson was also in the qualifiers for the 400m, but finished fifth in his heat and outside the time needed to go to the semis.

Swimming team manager Sara Parfitt told BBC Guernsey the swimmers have been having a great games despite reports of 'Delhi Belly' from some of the participants in the pool.

The squad has been setting personal bests, including Ben Lowndes and Ian Hubert with 59.41 and 59.61 seconds respectively in the 100m butterfly heats.

In the same event Ian Powell qualified for the semi-finals, but came in fifth in the fastest heat of the day in a time of 55.24 seconds, 0.2 seconds slower than his time in the heat.

Table tennis team manager Derek Webb said he was delighted at the way the women's team played, but he was even more impressed by the performance of the men's trio.

Garry Dodd, Olly Langlois and Matt Stubbington beat Malawi and Uganda, which means they will finish in at least 14th out of the 26 teams in the men's tournament.

The women's trio lost to Wales and Uganda on their final day in the team event to finish 12th overall out of 16 countries.

Day Four Results - Thursday, 7 October

Alice Loveridge at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games
The women's table tennis team finished 12th out of 16 countries

Aquatics - Swimming

100m butterfly - Ian Powell qualified for the semi-finals, while Ian Hubert and Ben Lowndes set new personal bests in the heats

100m backstroke - Alexander Beaton and Ben Lowndes both posted times of more than one minute and did not progress from the heats

400m individual medley - Thomas Hollingsworth finished sixth in his heat in four minutes 39.63 seconds

Men's 400m round one - Tom Druce qualified for the semi-finals, while fifth for Hywel Robinson was not enough to qualify

Men's triples - Garry Collins, Dan De La Mare and Gary Pitschou beat Papua New Guinea on the tie-break

Men's pairs - Don Batiste and Ian Merrien were beaten in straight sets 2-0 by Malta and lost to the Falkland Islands by 1.5-0.5 after they were equal on points in one set

Women's pairs - Gwen De La Mare and Lucy Beere lost 2-0 to Brunei Darussalam.

Table Tennis
Men's team event - Garry Dodd and Olly Langlois and Matt Stubbington registered 3-0 wins over Malawi and Uganda.

Women's team event - Kay Chivers, Alice Loveridge and Dawn Morgan lost 3-1 to Wales and Uganda on the final day of their campaign to finish 12th overall

Women's singles round three - Heather Watson lost 6-0 6-2 to number one seed Anastasia Rodionova (Australia)

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see also
Delhi 2010: Day Three round-up
06 Oct 10 |  Commonwealth Games
Delhi 2010: Day Two round-up
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Delhi 2010: Day One round-up
04 Oct 10 |  Commonwealth Games
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