Table tennis team World Cup: England lose to Chinese Taipei in Tokyo

England's Tom Jarvis (left) and Paul Drinkhall in action against and Chinese Taipei's Chen Chien-An and Liao Cheng-Ting
England's Tom Jarvis (left) and Paul Drinkhall in action against and Chinese Taipei's Chen Chien-An and Liao Cheng-Ting

England were beaten 3-0 by Chinese Taipei in the quarter-finals of the table tennis team World Cup in Tokyo.

In a test event for next year's Olympics in the Japanese capital, England finished top of their group to set up the Chinese Taipei tie.

Paul Drinkhall and Tom Jarvis lost 3-0 in the doubles to Chen Chien-An and Liao Cheng-Ting in the first match.

Liam Pitchford and Drinkhall were the beaten by Lin Yun-Ju and Chen in the singles as England were eliminated.

"We were beaten by a better team today but overall it's been a very positive tournament for us," said Pitchford. "I feel we're moving in the right direction for where we want to be at the Olympic qualifiers in January."

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