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

Sathiyan had rued his missed probabilities towards Sharath within the closing 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 await 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 probabilities towards Sharath within the closing 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 unique Sathiyan. So was Sharath, who was not at his normal self as he misplaced momentum within the fifth recreation of the lads’s singles closing.

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

Earlier than Cuttack, he had missed out at Pondicherry (2014) and Hyderabad (2015). The win on Tuesday additionally helped him carry house 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 might change the circulate 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 saved his backhand blocks and forehand scorchers going, pushing Sharath on the backfoot as laborious as doable. Sharath allowed Sathiyan to take management of the match slowly however absolutely.

It is equally vital to present full credit score to Sathiyan, the brand new champion, who punched his approach up the ladder with lots of laborious work.

“Ultimately, it was match, and he deserved to win,” stated the genial Sharath.

He attributed the loss to the dearth of focus within the fifth recreation after main 8-6. “Two essential errors value me dearly at that stage. However Sathiyan let me off the hook within the third to return again. These are a part of the sport. I’m completely happy 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 sturdy and goal for it”, he stated.

Outcomes: Remaining: 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, Sept. 11, 17-15; G. Sathiyan bt SFR Snehit (Telg) 13-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-5.

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