Guyana’s national women’s table tennis team participating in the 2018 Commonwealth games, Gold Coast, Australia, secured a place in the quarterfinals of the women’s team event after defeating sixth (6) seedVanuatu by a 3-2 margin, rebounding after their competitive lost to England in the first group match in a contest where the respect of English women was earned,
English top seed player Tin ho said to a reporter after the match with Guyana.
Playing in a must win situation and with the absence of key women’s player Chelsea Edghill, Guyana defeated the much improved Vanuatu to advance to the quarterfinals of the women’s team event.
First up was Vanuatu number one seed player Priscilla Tommy who plays defensive style against Guyana’s Trenace Lowe in the opening match of the fixture. She defeated Lowe by a 3-0 margin (11-8, 11-6, 11-7). Natalie Cummings pulled back things back for Guyana with a 3-0 victory over Stephanie Qwea (11-7, 11-6, 11-5).
The pair of Natalie Cummings and CWG debutant and Caribbean juniors girls bronze medalist Priscilla Greaves lost to Vanuatu Priscilla Tommy and Anolyn Luluby by a 3-0 margin (11-7, 11-9, 11-6).
In the fourth match, Trenace Lowe then leveled things for Guyana with a straight sets victory when she overcame Anolyn Lulu in straight sets (11-5, 11-9, 11-3) , which left the deciding and vital fifth match of the fixture with scores tied at 2-2 to Priscilla Greaves to close things off for Guyana. And closed she did playing to specific instructions of coach Idi Lewis she executed a well-played tactical match and defeated the defensive style of Stephanie Qwea (11-7, 11-5, 11-3).
Guyana now joins Singapore, India, England, Australia, Malaysia, Wales, Canada as the women’s teams to cement their place in the quarter finals. This represents the second time the women’s team have advance to the quarterfinals. In 2014 the women’s team of Lowe, Edghill and Cummings defeated Wales enroute to the quarterfinals where they lost to Canada by a 3-1 margin, they are now drawn with Singapore in the quarterfinals of the 2018 edition of the games.
Guyana Men’s Team into Round of 16
The Guyana’s men’s team compromising Christopher Franklin, Shemar Britton, Nigel Bryan and Joel Alleyne playing also in a must win match to advance out of the group stages and into the round of 16, defeated Ghana, Africa 3rd seeds by a 3-1 margin to advance into the round of sixteen (16).
In the opening match, Derek Abrefa defeated Nigel Bryan 3-1 (11-2, 9-11, 11-2, 12-10) in a highly entertaining affair and closely contested match with Bryan making a few tactical mistakes at key junctures of the game.
In the second match, Shemar Britton in a tactically executed match, defeated Felix Lartey by a 3-1 margin 11-8,4-11, 11-9, 11-8, to level the scores for Guyana.
The critical doubles match saw Guyana’s pair of national men’s champion Christopher Franklin and Nigel Bryan then defeat Ghana’s pair of Derek Abrefa and Benard Sam 3-1 (11-9,7-11,11-6,11-8) to give Guyana a 2-1 lead.
Playing in the fourth match, Christopher Franklin was clinical when he defeated Ghana’s Felix Lartey in straights sets 12-10,11-6,11-7 to secure the victory for Guyana and into the round of 16 where they are slated to meet Canada to possibly advance to the men’s team quarterfinals.
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