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Latest update: 08/06/2009 18:17 +0300

Favourites Ease Into Table Tennis Semis

NICOSIA, 5 June 2009 - Luxembourg will feature two athletes in the semifinals of the Women's Singles Table Tennis tournament at the XIII Games of the Small States of Europe. The country's two Table Tennis athletes took the first place in their groups, without losing a single set.

The big favorite and No 51 in the world, Ni Xia Lian of China (representing Luxembourg) easily took first place in Group A.

Ni Xia Lian will face Yan Chimei from San Marino, who took first place in Group B.

The other pair of the semifinals is between Simone Haan of Luxemburg (who as well didnít lose a set in her first four games) and Cypriot Louiza Kourea.

The semifinals will take place on Saturday at 10:00, with the final following at 11:30.

In the Men's Singles a great semifinal will be held on Saturday morning. Iceland's Eggert Sthephensen, No 170 in the world, will face No 28 in the U18 world rankings, Cypriot Marios Giagkou. In the quarterfinals, the Icelander beat 59-year-old veteran Peter Frommelt from Lichtenstein 3-0. Giagkou beat Traian Ciociu from Luxemburg 3-1.

In the other semifinal, one of the strong favourites, Daqi Wang of San Marino, will face Maltese Simone Gerada. Wang beat his compatriot Marco Vannucci 3-0, while Gerada beat Gilles Michely 3-0. The semifinals will be held on Saturday at 10:45, with the final at 12:15.

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