G Sathiyan wins ITTF Czech Open title

By Mudit Mohan Sharma

Star Indian paddler G Sathiyan on weekday notched up a dominating 4-0 win over Yevhen Pryshchepa of land within the summit clash to say the toilet facility singles title at the ITTF Czech International Open. the highest-seeded Indian, graded 39 within the world, beat Yevhen 11-0 11-6 11-6 14-12 within the final. Earlier, Sathiyan had advanced to the ultimate once his Swedish opponent Truls Moregardh retired hurt midway through the match.

Sathiyan aforesaid, “I’m very happy to win the men’s singles title in an exceedingly dominant approach and while not dropping a set. This wait was worthwhile to lift my third ITTF title once a niche of 4 years” and thanked his personal coach S Raman, a former national champion, “for his valuable inputs and for invariably pushing me to break the barriers”. In the final, the 28-year-old Sathiyan too began well as his shots – forehands, backhand and sidespins – landed absolutely as his Ukrainian rival, 36, struggled to induce his acts along.

It was not Sathiyan all the approach, though. within the fourth game, the Indian with a world ranking of 39 in men’s singles survived four-game points against the fourth-seeded Yevhen who is world No. 111. Last week at WTT challenger in Budapest, Sathiyan partnering Manikla Batra clinched the mixed doubles title a la mode. consistent with the most recent ITTF world rankings free, the Indians are placed at 20.

However, despite being top-seeded in men’s singles in the Hungarian capital, Sathiyan lost within the round of 16. Six different Indians – Manav Thakkar, Snehit Suravajjula, Sreeja Akula, Archana Kamath, and Jeet Chandra – were within the fray. Archana seeded tenth within the women’s singles, reached the semifinals however lost to Mariia Tailakova of Russia 11-8, 4-11, 11-13, 12-14, 11-9, 10-12.

In men’s singles, Manav and Snehit Suravajjula conjointly lost within the singles round of 16. Manav and Archana were second seeds within the mixed doubles however bowed go in the quarterfinals. In the men’s doubles, Snehit Suravajjula and Jeet Chandra lost to the English-Swedish pair of Samuel Walker and Truls Moregard within the semifinals.