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Table tennis at the Royal Albert Hall

Table tennis at the Royal Albert Hall

Table tennis stars mixed with sporting celebrities for this week's Dunlop Masters at the Royal Albert Hall

Paul Drinkhall

Britain's number one, 18-year-old Paul Drinkhall, says it's the largest crowd he's had for a competition

Darius Knight

Second to Drinkhall in the British rankings is another 18-year-old, Londoner Darius Knight

Darius Knight

Darius Knight was first to play, facing Kalinikos Kreanga in the Masters quarter-final

Darius Knight

Knight lost 4-11, 9-11, 2-11 against eventual champion Kreanga, but told the crowd his 2012 hopes are high

Paul Drinkhall

Paul Drinkhall also went out at the first attempt, losing 10-12, 9-11, 5-11 at the hands of China's Chen Weixing

Glenn Hoddle, John Barnes and James Harper

Celebrity table tennis aficionados Glenn Hoddle, John Barnes, James Harper and Jonathan Edwards had been roped in

Glenn Hoddle and John Barnes play Jonathan Edwards and James Harper

Footballing legends Hoddle and Barnes took on Olympic gold medallist Edwards and Reading midfielder Harper at doubles

John Barnes celebrates

Hoddle and Barnes won, but only after Harper - a keen table tennis player - had been given a tiny bat as a handicap



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