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PLAYING against the men, the national women paddlers did well to win one tie, and lose the other, in the opening week of the Selangor-Kuala Lumpur Table Tennis League last weekend.
With hardly any local tournaments for the women, especially at club level, the league was a breath of fresh air for the paddlers who are gearing for the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games in September.
The women are not expected to win the gold in KL 2001, with Singapore, powered by several China-born players, being the strongest in the region.
But the Malaysian women, ranked 18th in the world, have an outside chance for an upset, considering the home ground advantage.