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Table Tennis China Open 2019 Preview: G Sathiyan ready to show his best?

China Open 2019 Preview

As the prestigious 2019 China Open commences from 28th May, Indian paddlers will be looking to make a comeback after the disappointing outing at the World Championships. The World Tour Platinum competition will be held at the Bao’an stadium, Shenzhen. While the first stage starts on 28th May, the main event will start on 30th May.

As always, India’s hopes will be pinned to the country’s No.1 paddler Gnanasekaran Sathyan. The talented player became the first Indian to break into the top 25 table tennis of world rankings earlier last month.

Reigning World champion Ma Long will again look forward to further extend his dominance in the competition, having won the China Open title for a record 7 times.

Who’s in Fray?

G Sathiyan (Men’s Singles & Men’s Doubles)
Dani Mudit (Men’s Singles)

Schedule

The Preliminary rounds 1, 2, 3, and 4 will take place on 28th and 29th May. Winning here will qualify the paddlers for the round of 32.

Both the Indian table tennis players – G Sathiyan and Dani Mudit – will be fighting in round 2 of the competition. G Sathiyan will be playing against Sweden’s Kallberg Anton on Tuesday 28, 13:45 onwards.

The paddler will also be partnering with USA’s Jha Kanak in the Men’s doubles category. The duo play their Preliminary Round 1 match 20:50 onwards on Wednesday, 29th May.

On the other hand, Mudit’s match against Sweden’s Persson Jon is scheduled on 19:30, May 28.

Schedule for the main draw is as follows:

Round of 32

Thursday, 30th May

Round of 16

Friday, 31st May

Quarterfinals

Saturday, 1st June

Semifinals

Sunday, 2nd June

Finals

Sunday, 2nd June (22:20)

Form

Sathiyan KreedOn
Credits The Hindu

This has been a breakthrough season for G Sathiyan. The 26-year-old paddler has been performing consistently for the better part of the year. He oversaw an impressive sixth place finish at the Asia Cup in Yokohama. That made him eligible for the World Cup in Chengdu to be held from October 25 to 27.

He followed that with being the sole Indian to reach the round of 32 in the 2019 World Championships Hungary. On his way to there, the talented paddler beat Cristian Pletea of Romania in sets of 11-5, 11-9, 6-11, 11-7, 11-6.

However, Sathiyan’s brilliant performances in the competition were cut short in the round of 32, when Brazil’s World No. 7, Hugo Calderano defeated him in rounds of 11-6, 11-3, 11-9, 11-9.

Nonetheless, he was still rewarded for his impressive show with elevations in his ITTF world rankings. In fact, the paddler rose to an unprecedented ITTF rank of 24 last month, becoming the first Indian to break into the top 25.

Much will be expected from the engineer-turned-table tennis player.

Tickets

Tickets for the China Open can be brought at the official page.

About China Open

Being a platinum station in the ITTF world tour tournament, China open will have 5 individual competitions: men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles. There is a bonus of $400,000 and 2250 singles championship points. The competition is expected to attract over 200 top table tennis players competing in Shenzhen.

Monish Gadiya
Monish Gadiya is the editor of KreedOn. He is a thorough tech-enthusiast and believes that innovation is the answer to all the problems prevalent in the society. Monish graduated from University of Pune with a degree in civil engineering before pursuing a post-graduate diploma course in intellectual property rights. A die-hard football fan, he has represented his college at various football competitions.

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