International Events | 1 Aug 2022

England moved into the men’s team semi-finals at the Commonwealth Games

Photo: Team England/David Pearce

England moved smoothly into the men’s team semi-finals at the Commonwealth Games with a victory over Cyprus. Cyprus had earned their place in the last eight as runners-up in the group won by Nigeria, having beaten Ghana and South Africa.

Afterwards, PITCHFORD said: “I knew Marios YIANGOU could play. I knew I had to be ready and I was, I played one of the best matches I’ve played for a long time. I was focused, I was playing well, and I didn’t give him a chance as I knew he would take it if I did.

England will face Singapore, who was 3-0 winners over Canada.

“It is probably another step up so we need to be ready again. They are all good players and have a strong doubles pair. We need to get the first point on the board and put them under pressure. They are a bit more inexperienced than us so if we can capitalise on that and put them under pressure from the start, we stand a good chance.”

In Women’s semi final Wales lost to Malaysia 2:3.

England - Cyprus 3-0

Tom JARVIS, Paul DRINKHALL - Christos SAVVA, Sharpel ELIA 3-0 (12-10, 11-3, 11-2)

Liam PITCHFORD - Marios YIANGOU 3-0 (11-5, 11-3, 11-6)

Paul DRINKHALL - Sharpel ELIA 3-0 (11-6, 11-8, 11-4)

Wales - Malaysia 2-3

Chloe Anna THOMAS WU ZHANG, Anna HURSEY - Ying HO, Karen LYNEMAS 0:3 (7-11, 5-11, 5-11)

Charlotte CAREY - Li Sian Alice CHANG 3-2 (7-11, 11-8, 11-7, 7-11, 11-7)

Anna HURSEY - Karen LYNEMAS 3-1 (11-6,m 11-9, 11-13, 11-9)

 Chloe Anna THOMAS WU ZHANG - Li Sian Alice CHANG 0-3 (3-11, 11-13, 5-11)

Charlotte CAREY - Ying HO 2-3 (11-7, 9-11, 12-10, 7-11, 8-11)