Table tennis: S'porean Yang wins opening group match in World Cup

SINGAPORE paddler Yang Zi got off to a good start in the Men's World Cup in Verviers, Belgium on Friday morning, with a comprehensive 4-0 win over the host country's 43-year-old veteran Jean-Michel Saive.

The 29-year-old came through easily 11-7, 11-7, 11-9, 15-13 in their first-stage Group A meeting and will most likely need to beat Marcos Freitas of Portugal as well in the afternoon, to top the group and join the top eight seeds in the second group phase.

Yang, the Republic's No.4 player after Gao Ning, Zhan Jian and Li Hu, is ranked world No.93 and is competing in the 20-player event by virtue of his joint ninth placing in the Asian Cup.

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