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

  • Sathiyan, currently the top-ranked Indian in the world, hardly broke a sweat as he notched up a 11-7, 11-8, 11-6 win against his North Korean opponent in the pre-quarter-final match that lasted 22 minutes.

  • The only other occasion when an Indian paddler had reached the singles quarter-finals was when Sudhir Phadke beat a Chinese in the pre-quarterfinals of the Asian Championships in Pyongyang way back in 1976.

  • The Indian, ranked 30 in the world, will take on world number 4 Chinese Lin Gaoyuan in the quarterfinals.

Yogyakarta (Indonesia): G Sathiyan's good run in the ITTF-ATTU Asian table tennis championships was cut short by China's Lin Gaoyuan. He lost to the World No. 4, 11-7, 11-5, 8-11, 11-8, in the men's singles quarter-finals.

Earlier, he had become only the second Indian to reach the men's singles quarter-finals at the Asian Table Tennis Championships when he defeated An-Ji Song of North Korea.

Sathiyan, currently the top-ranked Indian in the world, hardly broke a sweat as he notched up a 11-7, 11-8, 11-6 win against his North Korean opponent in the pre-quarter-final match that lasted 22 minutes.

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

File image of Gnansekaran Sathiyan. Reuters

The only other occasion when an Indian paddler had reached the singles quarter-finals was when Sudhir Phadke beat a Chinese in the pre-quarter-finals of the Asian Championships in Pyongyang way back in 1976.

"I am extremely happy to reach the quarter-finals for the first time and it has been a wonderful journey so far. I would really love to set the bar high for Indian table tennis and hungry to go even further in the tournament," said an elated Sathiyan.

Asked what his plans would be against his opponent in the quarter-finals, Sathiyan said: "I will go with an aim to win and try to play my best. I am the underdog and all the pressure is on Gaoyuan."

Reminded that he and Achanta Sharath Kamal had an impressive outing against Gao and his partner earlier in the day in men's doubles, Sathiyan said, "Yes, we were almost in the medal round and that would have been historic. But in the decider they (Chinese) pulled it off."

In the men's singles round of 64, Sathiyan had accounted for Singapore's Koh Dominic Song Jun 11-6, 11-4, 11-5 before beating Iran's Noshad Alamiyan 8-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-5 in the round of 32.

In the men's doubles, the pair of Sathiyan and Sharath Kamal failed to reach the medal round in the men's double as they lost to the Chinese duo of Liang Jingkun and Lin Gaoyuan 6-11, 12-10, 7-11, 11-8, 7-11.

Except for Sharath and Harmeet Desai who could not go past the round of 64, the other three Indians — Sathiyan, Amalraj and Manav — made it to the round of 32 in the men's singles. Only Sathiyan survived to move into the pre-quarter-finals and then to the quarter-finals while the other two exited.

Amalraj lost to Chen Chien-An of Taipei 6-11, 8-11, 8-11, while Manav was beaten by another Taipei player Liao Cheng-Ting who won 11-9, 11-6, 11-3 in the round of 32.

Like Sharath, who lost to Japanese Takuya Jin 11-4, 5-11, 11-7, 6-11, 12-14, Harmeet Desai too went down fighting to Jang Woojin of Korea 11-7, 2-11, 5-11, 5-11 in the round of 64.

Among the women players, only Ayhika entered the pre-quarter-finals before losing to three-time world champion and reigning Olympic champion Ding Ning of China 5-11, 13-11, 4-11, 9-11.

Manika Batra lost to Hitomi Sato of Japan 9-11, 8-11, 4-11 in the round of 32 while Archana lost to Feng Tianwei of Singapore 9-11, 9-11, 11-9, 4-11.

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Updated Date: Sep 20, 2019 21:58:23 IST