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Commonwealth Games 2010: Form guide - table tennis

Feng Tian Wei
Feng Tian Wei is Singapore's sportswoman of the year

Only four of the world's top 100 in September 2010 are competing in the men's table events in Delhi.

India's hopes rest with defending champion Sharath Kamal, the world number 41 who reached the third round at last year's World Championships but the favourite is Singapore's Gao Ning, who beat Kamal in the final at last year's Commonwealth Championships.

Australia's Melbourne silver medallist William Henzell is back for his third Commonwealth Games while Paul Drinkhall is England's most likely medal prospect, although he has dropped out of the world top 100 and was beaten in the last 64 of the recent European Championships.

In the men's doubles, it looks like a battle between Kamal and Subhajit Saha for India and Singapore's Yang Zi and Gao.

Cai Xiao Li teamed up with Yang for Commonwealth bronze four years ago but he has a new partner, the up-and-coming Pang Xue Jie.

Defending champions Nigeria could be weakened by the possible absence of Segun Toriola, who has been nursing a back problem which could give a medal opportunity to England's Andrew Baggaley and Drinkhall.

Singapore, India, Nigeria and England will also be battling for medals in the men's team competition.

Singapore's women won all four events they were involved in four years ago, and swept the board in the singles.

Leading the expected procession is Feng Tian Wei, Singapore's sportswoman of the year and the world number two who is known to her fans by her initials FTW - meaning 'for the win' in internet slang.

Wang Yue Gu, who is ranked in the world's top 10, Sun Bei Bei, Yu Meng Yu and Li Jia Wei, who made her comeback in March, just five months after having a baby, complete a formidable Singapore line-up.

Excluding the Singaporeans, Malaysia's Beh Lee Wei was the top-ranked Commonwealth athlete in September while England pair Kelly Sibley and Joanna Parker were ranked seventh and 11th respectively in the Commonwealth prior to this tournament, so will need luck with the draw to reach the latter stages.

In the women's doubles, as well as the Singapore challenge, Canada's Zhang Mo and Sara Yuen, India's Poulomi Ghatak and Mouma Das and Lay Jian Fang and Miao Miao will be hoping for medals, along with Sibley and Parker.

Singapore are also strong favourites for the women's team event and also in the mixed doubles where Melbourne champion Yang Zi and his partner Wang Yue Gu and Gao Ning and Sun Bei Bei could both challenge.



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