- G Sathiyan won his first game of the China Open 4-3
- The Indian paddler saved two match points in the last set
- Sathiyan will face Austrian Stefan Fegerl in the next round
G Sathiyan has won his first game of the Table Tennis China Open to enter the third round of preliminaries. The Chennai-born paddler has taken his 2019’s form into the tournament and will look to continue the same way in Shenzhen.
The 26-year old was up against Sweden’s Kallberg Anton in his first game of the tournament after getting a bye in the first round. In the closely fought contest, Sathiyan won 4-3 in the battle that went on for an hour.
A hard-fought battle:
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The Indian paddler lost the first set 8-11 before coming back strong and winning three sets on the trot. Needing just another set to grab the win, Sathiyan stumbled under the pressure and lost the next two sets 8-11. In the deciding set of the game, the Indian kept his calm to win 12-10 and eventually bagged the first win, saving two match points in the process.
There are great expectations from Sathiyan in the tournament after the paddler became the first Indian to break into the top-25 of ITTF rankings last month. The 24th ranked Indian will be up against the 66th ranked Austrian, Stefan Fegerl in the third preliminary round of the competition. Sathiyan needs two more wins to enter the main draw. The main draw, the round of 32 will start on 30th March.
Sathiyan will face Stefan Fegerl on Wednesday in the third preliminary round. But it will be a big day for the Indian as he will also be up against the French duo of Flore Tristan and Lebesson Emmanuel in the preliminary round of men’s doubles. The 27-year old will partner with USA’s Jha Kanak.
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India’s only other participant, Dani Mudit lost in four straight sets against Sweden’s Persson Jon, ending his tournament in the very first game.
Sathiyan recently finished 6th in the Asian Cup to secure a place in the upcoming World Cup in Chengdu from October 25 to 27.