How to follow the day one World Cup action

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England’s women will be first into the fray as the long-awaited ITTF Team World Cup kicks off in London on Thursday.

Their opponents will be Hong Kong, the top seeds in Group C, in the first session, which starts at 10am at the Copper Box Arena.

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England will be hoping the venue lives up to its reputation as the Box That Rocks from London 2012 as they aim to shock the overall third seeds.

Hundreds of local schoolchildren will be among the spectators thanks to a special ticket offer – part of building a legacy from the event by inspiring future generations. As well as England, they will get the chance to see China and Japan, among others.

England men will start their campaign at around 7pm, with their first match against Japan.

The action will be shown live on the BBC website and BBC Sport app – click here to watch

You can also get all the latest news on the Table Tennis England website and social media platforms, via the ITTF website and by following the #ITTFWorldCup hashtag on Twitter.

Tomorrow’s schedule

10am – women’s group matches
Group A: Japan v USA (table 2)
Group B: China v North Korea (T1)
Group C: Hong Kong v England (T4)
Group D: Chinese Taipei v Australia (T3)

Noon (approx) – men’s group matches
Group A: China v France (T3)
Group B: Japan v Egypt (T2)
Group C: Germany v Australia (T4)
Group D: Hong Kong v USA (T1)

5pm – women’s group matches
Group A: Japan v Egypt (T2)
Group B: China v Brazil (T4)
Group C: Hong Kong v Singapore (T1)
Group D: Chinese Taipei v Romania (T3)

7pm (approx) – men’s group matches
Group A: China v Sweden (T2)
Group B: Japan v England (T1)
Group C: Germany v South Korea (T3)
Group D: Hong Kong v Brazil (T4)

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