1 Oct 2010

Table tennis

8:56 pm on 1 October 2010

Four women will represent New Zealand in table tennis at the Commonwealth Games.

The team is captained by Karen Li, who competed for New Zealand at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics, as well as the 2002 and 2006 Commonwealth Games.

Among her many accolades, Li (23) counts two Commonwealth medals - a doubles silver and a teams bronze, won at the 2002 Manchester Games. She also holds two Oceania singles titles, four Oceania doubles titles and seven national titles.

This extensive experience is complemented by Jiang (Annie) Yang, who previously represented New Zealand at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. Currently based in France, the 28-year-old is focused on developing her game at international level and is playing in the German league. She will team with Li in the doubles event, as well as challenging in the singles and teams competitions.

At 19, Jenny Hung is the youngest member of the squad. Born in Taiwan, Hung started playing table tennis when she moved to New Zealand. She won her first national under-13 title in 2003 and since then has picked up four Oceania age-group titles. She was also selected to represent New Zealand at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

Yang Sun, 27, was born in China and now lives in Christchurch. She has been a key member of the national team since 2007, winning five doubles titles.

The team is coached by Chunli Li - Karen Li's sister and a New Zealand champion in her own right. She won four medals at the 2002 Commonwealth Games - gold in the women's singles, silver in the women's doubles, and bronze in the mixed doubles and teams event. Li has been involved in coaching the New Zealand team since the Melbourne Games in 2006.

When and where

There will be seven table tennis events - singles, doubles, team (men and women) and mixed doubles. All will be held at the Yamuna Sports Complex from 4-14 October.

NZ team

Karen Li (singles, doubles and team, Auckland), Yang Sun (singles, doubles and team, Christchurch), Chi-wen (Jenny) Hung (singles, doubles and team, Christchurch), Jiang (Annie) Yang (singles, doubles and team, Christchurch).

Athletes' profiles sourced from www.olympic.org.nz . Event information sourced from http://www.cwgdelhi2010.org/