Simon Gauzy was key in France's win over Germany ©ITTF

Second seeds Germany suffered a surprise 3-1 loss to France as the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) World Team Championships continued in Kuala Lumpur today.

The European champions are without star man Dimitrij Ovtcharov due to a back injury and were defeated in a marathon match that lasted three hours.

World number nine Timo Boll lost both of his matches, 3-0 to Emmanuel Lebesson and 3-2 to Simon Gauzy.

"I have to say that I think that was the very best match of my career; I just beat a legend," said Gauzy.

"Today, Timo was not in the best of shape, he lost to Emmanuel in the second match, he was below his best."

Despite that defeat, Germany did manage a 3-0 win over hosts Malaysia, while France also saw off England 3-0.

Like the French, Sweden boast three wins out of three in the group thanks to successes over Denmark and Malaysia.

China's women remain unbeaten
China's women remain unbeaten ©ITTF

In Group A, defending champions and favourites China maintained their perfect start with 3-0 wins over North Korea and Chinese Taipei.

North Korea have moved onto two wins and a defeat after a shock 3-0 success over European champions Austria.

Japan and Portugal have perfect records in Group C, with the Japanese defeating Singapore 3-1 and Poland 3-0.

Portugal were too strong for Belarus, 3-0, and they then beat the Singapore side 3-0.

In Group D, South Korea have yet to be beaten as they made it three wins from three by seeing off Italy and Russia, both 3-0.

Hong Kong are also undefeated after 3-0 wins over the Italians and Croatia.

In the women's competition each country played one game today, with last year's champions China winning for a third time in three games, 3-0 against Romania.

Chinese Taipei boast the same record in Group A after a 3-0 win over Malaysia.

In Group B, Japan saw off North Korea 3-0 and Germany beat Brazil 3-2, with both winning sides undefeated.

The Netherlands are going well in Group C as their 3-1 win over Poland maintained their unbeaten start, with Singapore on the same record thanks to a 3-1 win over Belarus.

In Group D, Hong Kong are still perfect thanks to a 3-0 win against Austria while South Korea are also yet to taste defeat after beating Sweden 3-0.