England qualify for last 16 at Worlds

Liam Pitchford

Liam Pitchford beat Malaysia’s Chee Feng Leong 3-1 on Wednesday

England’s men qualified for the last 16 at the World Team Table Tennis Championships with a 3-0 win over hosts Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur.

Victories for Paul Drinkhall, Liam Pitchford and Sam Walker were enough to seal third place in Group B.

France topped the group ahead of Sweden, with second seeds Germany surprisingly missing out in fourth.

England’s women lost 3-1 to unbeaten Serbia to finish second in Group E of the Second Division.

The English team of Tin-Tin Ho, Kelly Sibley and Karina Le Fevre will face Puerto Rico on Thursday as the play-offs begin for positions 25-36.

Charlotte Carey, Megan Phillips and Chloe Thomas of Wales finished second in the Third Division, while Scotland’s Gavin Rumgay, Craig Howieson and Calum Main were third in the Third Division.

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