Worksop: Walker marches through in two doubles competitions at Commonwealth Games

Worksop's Sam Walker is into the fourth round of the mixed doubles at the Commonwealth Games
Worksop's Sam Walker is into the fourth round of the mixed doubles at the Commonwealth Games
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Woprksop table tennis ace Sam Walker is through to the third round of the men’s doubles and fourth round of the mixed doubles at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Walker, who already has a silver medal from the men’s team competition, and partner Dan Reed survived a brief scare against the Ghanaian pair of Samuel Akayade/Emmanuel Commey to win 3-1 in the second round of the men’s competition.

After going 2-0 up, Walker/Reed dropped the third game but won the fourth 11-9 to go through,

In the mixed event, Walker and partner Karina Le Fevre produced a superb performance to come from behind and beat the seeded Indian pairing of Soumjakit Goush/Poulomi Ghatak 3-2.

The English pair are unseeded for the event, but began impressively in the second round with a 3-0 win over Mark-Anthony Dowell/Anthonette Riley of Barbados.

But they looked in trouble against the Indians after going 2-1 down with two games to play.

But a brilliant turnaround saw the English pair take the fourth game 11-1 and they then managed to keep their noses in front throughout the decider to go through.