Baggaley set for Swedish Open

Andrew Baggaley
Andrew Baggaley

Commonwealth Games hero Andrew Baggaley is ready for his next challenge on the world stage.

The Milton Keynes player, who helped England win a team silver in Glasgow to take his Commonwealth medals tally to six from four events, will compete at the Swedish Open this week.

He is aiming for a repeat of the last time he played on the ITTF World Tour circuit, when he reached the last 16 in the men’s singles at the Hungarian Open in January.

But he knows he will have his work cut out against a strong field, which includes six of the world’s top-10 players.

“It’s quite a while since I played a Tour event, so I’m excited to be playing in it and really looking forward to it,” said Baggaley, 31.

“I just want to play to my potential. Every time I step out to play internationally or on the Tour that’s what I want to do.

“First I’ve got to get past the group stage. Whoever I face, I’ll concentrate on my own game and getting into my zone.”

Baggaley has recently signed a contract to play for Poltarex Pogon Lebork in the Polish Super League and said had got off to a good start.

“I’m winning matches, he said, “and I’m in a good place with my game.

“Against the very best guys it’s always going to be very tough, but if I play to my potential I’m in there to compete against the top, top players.

“But it’s getting stronger in depth now. More countries are more professional now and every year it’s getting stronger and stronger, so it’s a great achievement to beat supposedly easier players as well.”

Baggaley also intends to play in the doubles event in Stockholm, but has not yet arranged a partner.