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Sathiyan Gnanasekaran the Only Indian Remaining at ITTF World Championships

2019 ITTF World Championships: Sathiyan Gnanasekaran reached the round of 32 in men’s singles and remained the only Indian in contention.

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Updated:April 24, 2019, 3:08 PM IST
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Sathiyan Gnanasekaran the Only Indian Remaining at ITTF World Championships
Sathiyan Gnanasekaran has been making giant strides in the world of table tennis. (Photo Credit: Sathiyan Gnanasekaran)
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Budapest: G Sathiyan was the lone survivor at the 2019 ITTF World Championships as the Indian edged past Christian Pletea of Romania 11-5 11-9 6-11 11-7 11-6 in a round of 64 match in Budapest.

The world No. 28 will meet Hugo Calderano of Brazil, ranked No. 7, in the round of 32 later Wednesday.

Sathiyan, who beat Belgian Robin Devos in the first round 4-0, had little difficulty against Pletea, ranked 131, as he disposed of him in 35 minutes. Sathiyan, leading 2-0, lost the third game as the Romanian won six consecutive points to cause a minor ripple. But the Indian was up to the task to sew it up winning the next two games.

Sharath Kamal, on the other hand, was woefully out of sorts against Tomislav Pucar of Croatia when he went down 9-11 10-12 11-8 4-11 9-11 in the round of 64.

The Indian, ranked No. 36, failed to come to grips against the world No. 58, who had a better control over the match and Sharath. The Indian, however, registered a 4-0 win over Uzbek's Zokhid Kenjaev in the first round.

Manav Thakkar, who had made the main draw cut, failed to go past Austrian Robert Gardos despite a very good fight. The young Indian paddler lost 13-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-3, 2-11, 10-12, 6-11 in the round of 128.

Both Manika Batra and Suthirta Mukherjee ended their world championships campaign, bowing out in round of 64 Tuesday night.

Taipei's Szu-Yu Chen beat Manika 11-2, 11-8, 7-11, 11-7, 11-9 as the world No. 24 needed mere 34 minutes against the world No. 56 Indian. In contrast, Suthirta managed to take two games of her rival before losing to Puerto Rican Adriana Diaz 11-4, 8-11, 11-7, 5-11, 3-11, 9-11.

Earlier Tuesday evening, the Japanese duo of Honoka Hashimoto and Hitomi Sato defeated Manika Batra and Archana Kamath 11-3, 11-7, 11-7, 11-4 in women doubles round of 32.

In Day four action, Sathiyan and Archana failed to cope with the higher-ranked Lee Sangsu and Jihee Jion in mixed doubles as the Korean pair moved into the quarterfinals with a 11-6, 11-4, 7-11, 11-7, 11-8.
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