Table tennis: Syed provides consolation

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Matthew Syed gained a consolation point as England were beaten 3-1 by Sweden in the last 16 of the men's team event at the world championships in Manchester yesterday.

Syed, dropped from No 1 to No 3 in a tactical ploy, won 17-21, 21-19, 21-17 against Peter Karlsson, who struggled to combat the leading English player's heavy chop defence.

Soren Ahlen, the England coach, played Syed lower in the order because the former world champions, Jan-Ove Waldner and Jorgen Persson, were expected to beat whoever they played.

His decision was proved correct as Waldner beat Carl Prean 24-22, 21- 17, and Alan Cooke 21-14, 21-16, while Persson also defeated Cooke 21- 16, 21-9.