G Sathiyan, the top paddler from India, defeated Yevhen Ryshchepa from Ukraine in straight incredible sets 11-9, 11-6, 11-6, 14-12 to win the final of the renowned Czech International Open table tennis tournament on Wednesday night at the Olomouc in Czech Republic.
India’s top paddler stormed into the table tennis final after Truls Moregard, his semifinal rival from Sweden, conceded during the third game with back pain. The final score was 11-4, 11-8, 8-2. Prior to the Czech Republic Open, Truls Moregard from Sweden won the WTT Contender tournament in Budapest.
During the quarterfinals, the 28-year old defeated Ali Alkhadrawi from Saudi Arabia while Russia’s Sadi Ismailov was his victim during the pre-quarters. During the round of 32, Sathiyan demolished Tomas Koldas from Czech Republic who was ranked as the top seed for the prestigious tournament. Throughout the entire table tennis tournament, the player from Chennai, India didn’t concede one single set to his rivals.
This is Sathiyan’s third ITTF Challenger title after claiming victory in the Spanish Open in 2017 and the Belgium Open in 2016.
Sathiyan sat down with BettingPro reporters after the final and stated that he is extremely happy with the victory and was pleased with how dominant he was during the men’s singles tournament. He mentioned that the wait was worth it after lifting his third title in four years. He also thanked his coach who was a former national champion.
The Table Tennis Journey for Indian Paddler’s
During the final of the Czech International Open, the 28-year old started off well with his sidespins, backhands, and forehands. All of his shots landed perfectly against his rival from Ukraine, so much so that the 36-year old struggled to get his act together.
However, not everything went the way of Sathiyan during the final. In the 4th game, the top paddler from India, who is ranked 39th in the world, managed to survive 4 game points against Yevhen who was fourth-seeded and ranked 111th in the world.
Last week, during the WTT Contender tournament in Budapest, the 28-year old won the mixed doubled in superb fashion alongside Manikla Batra. According to the latest release of the ITTF world rankings, the Indians are currently sitting in 20th position. However, even though Sathiyan was the top seed during the men’s singles tournament in Budapest, he didn’t make it past the round of 16.
The Czech International Open also saw five other Indian paddlers in the tournament, including Jeet Chandra, Archana Kamath, Sreeja Akula, Snehit Suravajjula and Manav Thakkar. The 10th seeded Archana in the women’s singles draw managed to reach the semifinals only to lose against Russia’s Mariia Tailakova 11-8, 4-11, 11-13, 12-14, 10-12.
Snehit Suravajjula and Manav Thakkar in the men’s singles also dropped out during the round of 16. Archana and Manav were second seeds during the mixed doubles competition but failed to get past their opponents in the quarterfinals.
During the men’s doubles, Jeet Chandra and Snehit Suravajjula lost to the Swedish-English pair of Truls Moregard and Samuel Walker in the semi-finals.