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Liam Pitchford Seeking Commonwealth Games Gold

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The 2018 Commonwealth Games are just around the corner and English star Liam Pitchford has set out his aims for the tournament set to commence in early April.

Team England heads into the event with plenty of confidence following a tremendous campaign at the 2018 ITTF Team World Cup, defying the odds to secure a bronze medal at the Copper Box Arena.

Now the England line-up is looking to impress once again at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and Liam Pitchford believes that the team can go all the way on the Gold Coast.

“We go to the Commonwealth Games with expectations. In the team, we’ve got to aim for gold – two times in a row, we’ve come second. I think Singapore are a bit weaker now than four years ago. You never know with Nigeria, if [Quadri] Aruna plays well. I think us and India start off as favourites. We beat them at the last two Commonwealth Games and they won’t be looking forward to playing us.” – Liam Pitchford

Four years back at the 2014 edition of the Games hosted in Glasgow, Pitchford achieved a noteworthy bronze medal finish in the Men’s Singles category but four years on his ambition is even greater with a gold medal win not beyond the realms of possibility.

“In the singles, I want to gold medal and anything less than that, I would be disappointed. Everyone there can play, but definitely Paul [Drinkhall] and Sam [Walker] will be going in wanting that gold as well. Paul will probably go in as one of the top seeds and one of the favourites. If we play each other, there will be no love lost on the table but afterwards we’ll say ‘well done’ and that’s it.” Liam Pitchford

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