Carey shuts up home crowd as Wales dump out England in table tennis

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Wales were able to silence the home crowd as they got the better of England in their women's team quarterfinal
Wales were able to silence the home crowd as they got the better of England in their women's team quarterfinal

Charlotte Carey revelled in shutting up the home crowd as Wales dumped England out of the women’s team table tennis at the Commonwealth Games to guarantee a medal match, writes Sportsbeat's Josh Graham.

Ebbw Vale’s Carey won her singles 3-1 (14-12, 6-11, 11-5, 11-6) against Tin-Tin Ho as Wales steamrolled their arch-rivals 3-0 to set up a semi-final showdown with Malaysia on Sunday.

Wales won their group and Carey revealed they were delighted to cause an upset in Saturday night’s quarter-final against a side seeded two spots higher than them at Birmingham’s NEC.

Carey, 26, said: “We are the smaller country, the country with the fewer players, the ‘weaker players’ but I think we showed there that you can’t underestimate Wales.

“We’ve got a nice group of fans here watching and they were definitely louder than the English, I think we shut them all up after a while which we are quite happy with.

“It’s a big result for us and we don’t want to get too ahead of ourselves. It’s nice to win against the home nation and against a team that has always been thought to be better than us. I think it’s our time now.

“I never could have imagined tonight going so well, not at all. We were thinking it was going to be a long match, we played against Canada and that went down to the wire and we thought this would be the same.”

England’s players seemed to be feeling the after-effects of a mammoth decisive group stage encounter against Nigeria earlier on Saturday which went the distance before they sealed a dramatic win to set up an all-British clash.

Both sides faced a long delay to get on the table as Wales’ next opponents Malaysia prevailed in a titanic tussle with India.

That game went on for so long that Singapore dispatched Guyana in the other quarter-final scheduled at the same time before Carey, Anna Hursey and Chloe Thomas Wu Zhang had even walked out.

Carey said: “We were both in the same situation. Obviously we are good friends with the English girls, they are all nice girls and we’ve played on the same team as them for GB events.

“It wasn’t great but we definitely used it to our advantage, we relaxed a little bit more and came out and looked at the crowd so we weren’t intimidated by it and I think we just gave it to them.”

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