World Championship of Ping Pong: English quartet reach last 16 at Ally Pally
Last Updated: 06/01/13 9:29pm
Defending champion Maxim Shmyrev remained on course to retain his title after day one of the World Championship of Ping Pong at Alexandra Palace.
The Russian safely booked his place in the last 16 as an opening field of 64 was whittled down on an action-packed day in front of the Sky Sports cameras.
Shmyrev, who won the inaugural version of this event in Las Vegas in 2011, overcame Filipino veteran Peter Cua in straight sets in his last 32 match.
Home hopes rest on the shoulders of English quartet Andrew Baggaley, Andrew Rushton, Chris Doren and Tony West on the final day.
Team GB Olympic representative Baggaley defeated Billy Pegg 2-0 to reach Sunday's last 16 stage, while Rushton overcame coach and idol Denis Neale 2-1 in a high-quality exchange.
In Saturday's final last 32 match, Egle Adomelyte, the only female player in the tournament, pulled off an outstanding come-from-behind win as she beat England's Jimmy Walsh.