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Asian Table Tennis Championships: G Sathiyan goes down fighting in QFs after becoming only second Indian to reach last-8

Yogyakarta (Indonesia): G Sathiyan’s good run within the ITTF-ATTU Asian desk tennis championships was minimize brief by China’s Lin Gaoyuan. He misplaced to the World No. 4, 11-7, 11-5, 8-11, 11-8, within the males’s singles quarter-finals.

Earlier, he had develop into solely the second Indian to succeed in the boys’s singles quarter-finals on the Asian Desk Tennis Championships when he defeated An-Ji Track of North Korea.

Sathiyan, at the moment the top-ranked Indian on the planet, hardly broke a sweat as he notched up a 11-7, 11-8, 11-6 win towards his North Korean opponent within the pre-quarter-final match that lasted 22 minutes.

File picture of Gnansekaran Sathiyan. Reuters

The one different event when an Indian paddler had reached the singles quarter-finals was when Sudhir Phadke beat a Chinese language within the pre-quarter-finals of the Asian Championships in Pyongyang means again in 1976.

“I’m extraordinarily pleased to succeed in the quarter-finals for the primary time and it has been an exquisite journey to this point. I might actually like to set the bar excessive for Indian desk tennis and hungry to go even additional within the match,” stated an elated Sathiyan.

Requested what his plans could be towards his opponent within the quarter-finals, Sathiyan stated: “I’ll go together with an purpose to win and attempt to play my greatest. I’m the underdog and all of the stress is on Gaoyuan.”

Reminded that he and Achanta Sharath Kamal had a formidable outing towards Gao and his companion earlier within the day in males’s doubles, Sathiyan stated, “Sure, we had been virtually within the medal spherical and that may have been historic. However within the decider they (Chinese language) pulled it off.”

Within the males’s singles spherical of 64, Sathiyan had accounted for Singapore’s Koh Dominic Track Jun 11-6, 11-4, 11-5 earlier than beating Iran’s Noshad Alamiyan 8-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-5 within the spherical of 32.

Within the males’s doubles, the pair of Sathiyan and Sharath Kamal failed to succeed in the medal spherical within the males’s double as they misplaced to the Chinese language duo of Liang Jingkun and Lin Gaoyuan 6-11, 12-10, 7-11, 11-8, 7-11.

Apart from Sharath and Harmeet Desai who couldn’t go previous the spherical of 64, the opposite three Indians — Sathiyan, Amalraj and Manav — made it to the spherical of 32 within the males’s singles. Solely Sathiyan survived to maneuver into the pre-quarter-finals after which to the quarter-finals whereas the opposite two exited.

Amalraj misplaced to Chen Chien-An of Taipei 6-11, 8-11, 8-11, whereas Manav was crushed by one other Taipei participant Liao Cheng-Ting who received 11-9, 11-6, 11-Three within the spherical of 32.

Like Sharath, who misplaced to Japanese Takuya Jin 11-4, 5-11, 11-7, 6-11, 12-14, Harmeet Desai too went down combating to Jang Woojin of Korea 11-7, 2-11, 5-11, 5-11 within the spherical of 64.

Among the many girls gamers, solely Ayhika entered the pre-quarter-finals earlier than shedding to three-time world champion and reigning Olympic champion Ding Ning of China 5-11, 13-11, 4-11, 9-11.

Manika Batra misplaced to Hitomi Sato of Japan 9-11, 8-11, 4-11 within the spherical of 32 whereas Archana misplaced to Feng Tianwei of Singapore 9-11, 9-11, 11-9, 4-11.

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Arihant Chopra has been working in the Sports industry. He currently contributes for Trevino by writing about sports content. He started his career with Trevino to get started as a journalist.

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