Chinese Taipei’s Lin Yun-Ju outplayed 26-year-old Gnanasekaran Sathiyan of India as he defeated him 4-0 (11-4, 11-8, 11-8, 14-12) to finish fifth in the ITTF-ATTU Asian Cup on Sunday.
Notwithstanding the defeat in the positions match, Sathiyan booked his berth for the World Cup, to be held in Chengdu between October 18 and 20.
Sathiyan, the world No. 28, lost the first at the hands of 17-year-old Yun-Ju, even before he could realize the enormity of the positions match. Yun-Ju, who recently won the men's singles title at the Challenge Plus Oman Open, continued his good form from the previous events.
Sathiyan won a few more points in the next two games, but the left-handed world No. 21, exploited the angles well and had the Indian under pressure.
Sathiyan could have taken a game when in the fourth he had two game points, but the wily teenager recovered well to push Sathiyan, competing in his first Asian Cup, to the sixth spot.