PANCHKULA: G Sathiyan’s perseverance paid the dividends. What he narrowly missed at Cuttack two years in the past, the world No. 37 and second-seeded paddler made it up in the 82nd National Table Tennis Championships at the Tau Devi Lal Indoor Stadium right here on Tuesday.
He defeated Sharath Kamal 11-6, 11-7, 10-12, 7-11, 11-8, 11-8 in the ultimate.
“Third time I was lucky, no more jinx. A huge burden off my shoulder,” stated Sathiyan after the match.
“It is the first time when I got three weeks of training at home for the national championship. I have prepared well, and it has paid off,” he added. Before Cuttack, he had missed out at Pondicherry (2014) and Hyderabad (2015).
Taking a 2-0 lead, Sathiyan made his intentions loud and clear. But he is aware of his skilled opponent can change the momentum of the match in a matter of minutes. And Sharath did battle again, profitable the subsequent two video games. But, as seen fairly often, Sharath had his issues unable to land the ball. Converting these moments to his benefit, Sathiyan nailed it once more and went 3-2 up.
As if on cue, Sathiyan stored his backhand blocks and forehand scorchers going, pushing Sharath on the backfoot as laborious as potential. Sharath ought to personal up the errors for his dropping coronary heart in the match, permitting Sathiyan to take management slowly however certainly. It’s equally essential to present full credit score to Sathiyan, the new champion, who punched his approach up the ladder with lots of laborious work.
“In the end, it was a good match, and he deserved to win,” stated Sharath. He attributed the loss to the lack of focus in the fifth recreation after main 8-6. “Two crucial mistakes cost me dearly at that stage. But Sathiayn let me off the hook in the third to come back. These are part of the game. I am happy for him,” he added.
With age catching up with Sharath, Sharath will not be but giving up chasing his tenth title. “I will certainly come back strong and aim for it,” he stated.
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