Star Indian paddler G.Sathiyan's scintillating show in the prestigious 2018 World Tour Platinum Austrian Open came to a shattering end. He bowed down fighting to China's World No. 2 Xin Xu. Sathiyan, who prevailed over World No. 17 and Korea's Sangeun Jeong and World No. 14 and Portugal's Marcos Freitas to book a place in the Round of 16, lost 1-4 after a spirited fight. The Indian table tennis star lost the first game 1-11, failing to find his rhythm. He looked in his elements in the following game but still couldn't force a victory.
In the third game, however, it was Sathiyan all the way. He attacked and posted a smart 11-7 win. The left-handed Chinese prevented any hopes of a comeback and another mega upset, wrapping up the next two games 11-2, 11-4 rather easily.
"It was a tough match against Xin but these wins have given me confidence. I know I will strive further now and will come back stronger," Sathiyan told following the pre-quarter defeat.
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Aditya Sahay, a former cricket reporter/writer and statistician, has shifted gears to other sports (primarily badminton, tennis, kabaddi, hockey, golf etc). While cricket remains his first love, he enjoys covering and writing on kabaddi, hockey and tennis. He dons Germanys jersey during FIFA and believes Dhoni Dhoni hai, isko (aur) mauka mila toh bahut aage jayega