G Sathiyan ends lengthy look forward to nationwide title with convincing win over nine-time champion Sharath Kamal

G Sathiyan ends lengthy look forward to nationwide title with convincing win over nine-time champion Sharath Kamal

Sathiyan had rued his missed possibilities towards Sharath within the remaining at Cuttack a few years in the past. That win had put Sharath, the present World No 32, on a excessive pedestal.

G Sathiyan ends long wait for national title with convincing win over nine-time champion Sharath Kamal

File picture of G Sathiyan. Picture courtesy: UTT

Panchkula: G Sathiyan ended his lengthy look forward to a nationwide title with a convincing 4-2 win over nine-time champion Sharath Kamal within the 82nd Nationwide Desk Tennis Championships on Tuesday.

Sathiyan had rued his missed possibilities towards Sharath within the remaining at Cuttack a few years in the past. That win had put Sharath, the present World No 32, on a excessive pedestal.

On Tuesday, it was a distinct Sathiyan. So was Sharath, who was not at his ordinary self as he misplaced momentum within the fifth sport of the boys’s singles remaining.

“Third time I used to be fortunate, no extra jinx. An enormous burden off my shoulder, mentioned Sathiyan.

Earlier than Cuttack, he had missed out at Pondicherry (2014) and Hyderabad (2015). The win on Tuesday additionally helped him carry residence Rs. 2.50 lakh as prize cash.

Taking a 2-0 lead, Sathiyan made his intentions loud and clear. However he knew his skilled opponent may change the circulation of the match in a matter of minutes. And Sharath did strike, taking the subsequent two video games.

However Sharath had his issues as he unable to land the ball. Changing 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 onerous as potential. Sharath allowed Sathiyan to take management of the match slowly however certainly.

It is equally essential to provide full credit score to Sathiyan, the brand new champion, who punched his method up the ladder with a variety of onerous work.

“Ultimately, it was a very good match, and he deserved to win,” mentioned the genial Sharath.

He attributed the loss to the dearth of focus within the fifth sport after main 8-6. “Two essential errors price me dearly at that stage. However Sathiyan let me off the hook within the third to come back again. These are a part of the sport. I’m joyful for him,” he added.

With age catching up with Sharath, he isn’t but giving up chasing his tenth title. “I’ll definitely come again robust and goal for it”, he mentioned.

Outcomes: Last: G Sathiyan (PSPB) bt A Sharath Kamal (PSPB) 11-6, 11-7, 10-12, 7-11, 11-8, 11-8.
Semi-finals: A Sharath Kamal bt Manav Thakkar (PSPB) 11-8, 5-11, 14-12, 11-9, September 11, 17-15; G. Sathiyan bt SFR Snehit (Telg) 13-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-5.

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