Table tennis wraps up for Australia
4 August 2012
TABLE TENNIS: Australia’s men’s table tennis team have gone out in the opening round of competition against a strong Singapore team that will be looking to go on and win a medal at the 2012 Games.
Making the quarter finals of the men’s singles, William Henzell was hoping to inspire his teammates Justin Han and Robert Frank to victory in the best of five series.
Han was first up against Singapore’s Ning Gao but could not get the start Australia wanted going down in straight sets 11-5, 11-8, 11-5 against the much higher ranked world number 15.
Having been the giant killer of the men’s singles competition, Henzell could not continue his heroics as he too went down to a much higher ranked player in Jian Zhan in straight sets 11-8, 11-3, 11-9.
Han joined Olympic debutant Robert Frank in the doubles as the Aussies tried to kick start their campaign against Zhan and Zi Yang.
Going down 11-4 in the both of the opening two sets, the Aussies won their first set of the competition when they took the third 11-8. Their comeback was however short lived as they lost the fourth 11-5 and the series 3-0.
The loss signals the conclusion of Australia’s participation in the table tennis competition in London after the women’s team were also knocked out 3-0 yesterday against Germany.
Matt Bartolo in London