Sathiyan Gnanasekaran ended his lengthy watch for a nationwide title with a convincing 4-2 win over nine-time champion Sharath Kamal within the 82nd Nationwide Desk Tennis Championships in Panchkula on Tuesday. Sathiyan had rued his missed probabilities towards Sharath within the last 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 distinct Sathiyan. So was Sharath, who was not at his common self as he misplaced momentum within the fifth sport of the lads’s singles last.
“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 residence Rs. 2.50 lakh as prize cash.
Taking a 2-0 lead, Sathiyan made his intentions loud and clear. However he is aware of his skilled opponent can change the stream of the match in a matter of minutes. And Sharath did strike, taking the subsequent two video games.
However, as has been seen fairly often, Sharath had his issues 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 stored his backhand blocks and forehand scorchers going, pushing Sharath on the backfoot as exhausting as doable.
Sharath allowed Sathiyan to take management of the match slowly however absolutely. It is equally vital to offer full credit score to Sathiyan, the brand new champion, who punched his means up the ladder with plenty of exhausting work.
“In the long run, it was an excellent match, and he deserved to win,” stated the genial Sharath.
He attributed the loss to the dearth of focus within the fifth sport after main 8-6.
“Two essential errors price me dearly at that stage. However Sathiyan let me off the hook within the third to come back again. These are a part of the sport. I’m comfortable for him,” he added.
With age catching up with Sharath, he’s not but giving up chasing his tenth title.
“I’ll actually come again robust 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, 11th of September, 17-15; G. Sathiyan bt SFR Snehit (Telg) 13-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-5.