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G Sathiyan qualifies for World Cup despite losing in positions 5-8 match against Lin Yun-Ju at ITTF-ATTU Asian Cup

Yokohama: India's G Sathiyan booked a berth at the World Cup after finishing sixth in the ITTF-ATTU Asian Cup in positions 5-8 match on Sunday.

 G Sathiyan qualifies for World Cup despite losing in positions 5-8 match against Lin Yun-Ju at ITTF-ATTU Asian Cup

File image of G Sathiyan. Image credit: Twitter/@ittfworld

Sathiyan, who had stunned World No 14 Chun Ting Wong of Hong Kong on Saturday, couldn't produce his best against 17-year-old Lin Yun-Ju of Chinese Taipei, who notched up an 11-4, 11-8, 11-8, 14-12 win to finish fifth.

Despite the defeat in the positions match, Sathiyan sealed a spot at the World Cup, to be held in Chengdu, China from 18 to 20 October.

Fresh from his recent title win at the Challenge Plus Oman Open, the world no 21 Lin seemed far superior to the 26-year-old Indian.

The left-hander was at his usual best and quickly took the first game. Sathiyan managed a few more points in the next two games but Lin, exploiting the angles well, mounted the attack to put pressure on the Indian.

The world No 28 Indian could have taken a game from the Taipei's No 2 paddler as he had two game points in the fourth set, but the wily teenager pocketed it to push Sathiyan, who is competing in his first Asian Cup, to the sixth spot.

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Updated Date: Apr 07, 2019 19:03:33 IST