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Northampton table tennis star Andrew shrugs off Commonwealth final disappointment

Andrew Baggaley is set to commence the first round of his Commonwealth Games singles title challenge on Thursday.

Andrew Baggaley is set to commence the first round of his Commonwealth Games singles title challenge on Thursday.

Northampton-born table tennis player Andrew Baggaley says he is hoping to put team defeat to Singapore behind him as he prepares for round one of the Commonwealth Games men’s singles competition.

The 31-year-old was narrowly pipped to a third Commonwealth gold on Monday representing England in the team event.

The side were 2-1 down in the final to Singapore when Baggaley was left having to beat Zhan Jian to level the tie.

Despite saving three match points, he could not save the fourth, leaving the England team to settle for a hard earned silver medal.

He said: “I’m still very pleased to win a medal, the standard of the Commonwealth Games is really impressive now.

“When you are in a final, you always want to win gold, but we just came across a team that were stronger than us on the day.”

Today Andrew will be studying his first round opponent for the singles competition due to commence tomorrow.

“This is the biggest event in the games, everybody wants to win the singles medal.

“It’s a tough event - it will all be about playing fantastic matches every time you play if you want to take the gold.”

The Milton Keynes-based player, who has is set to be playing in the growing Polish table tennis leagues next year, won gold in the team and doubles events in Manchester in 2002, and followed that up with a doubles silver in Melbourne in 2006 and a doubles bronze and team silver in Delhi in 2010.

 

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