India’s highest ranked paddler G Sathiyan added another feather to his cap after finishing with a well deserved Bronze medal at the ITTF Challenge Plus Oman Open 2019. Though, he couldn’t overcome Sweden’s Mattias Flack in the men singles semi-finals on Sunday but it was enough to assure him of the copper colouredmedal.
The fourth-seeded Indian lost 8-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9, 10-12 in a grueling battle .
The top-seeded Swede and the Indian had 3 games each until the decider, where the Swede had the slight advantage until deuce. But once he broke Sathiyan to go up, it was all over for the Indian as his opponent who’s ranked 15th in the World, wrapped it up with the winner.
The only Indian to survive so far, Sathiyan had ended Frenchman Emmanuel Lebesson in the quarterfinals 4-1 (11-9, 11-7, 11-9, 6-11, 12-10) after having dominated the first three games.
Earlier, in the round of 16, Sathiyan beat compatriot Anthony Amalraj 4-1. Another Indian to go down in the round of 16 was Achanta Sharath Kamal, who lost 1-4 to Croat Pucar Tamislov.
It was disappointing for India in women singles as both Madhurika Patkar and Riti Shankar failed to go past the first round of the main draw.
In the men’s doubles, Sathiyan and Sharath lost their quarterfinals to the Russian pair of Denis Ivonin and Vladimir Sidorenko 2-3 and so did Archana and Sathiyan in mixed doubles first round. However, the other pair of Madhurika Patkar and Harmeet Desai bowed out in the quarters.
Meanwhile, Archana’s excellent run in the Under-21 category at the Oman Open came to an end when she lost the singles final in straight games of 7-11, 8-11, 6-11 to top-seeded Japanese Satsuki Odo on Saturday evening.
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