G Sathiyan ended his lengthy await a nationwide title with a convincing Four-2 win over nine-time champion Sharath Kamal within the 82nd Nationwide Desk Tennis Championships right here on Tuesday.
Sathiyan had rued his missed probabilities in opposition to 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 unique Sathiyan. So was Sharath, who was not at his traditional 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-Zero 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 Three-2 up.
As if on cue, Sathiyan stored his backhand blocks and forehand scorchers going, pushing Sharath on the backfoot as onerous as doable. Sharath allowed Sathiyan to take management of the match slowly however absolutely.
It’s equally vital to present full credit score to Sathiyan, the brand new champion, who punched his method up the ladder with numerous onerous work.
“Ultimately, it was an excellent match, and he deserved to win,” stated the genial Sharath.
He attributed the loss to the shortage of focus within the fifth sport after main Eight-6. “Two essential errors price me dearly at that stage. However Sathiyan let me off the hook within the third to return 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 definitely come again sturdy and intention for it,” he stated.
Last: G Sathiyan (PSPB) bt A Sharath Kamal (PSPB) 11-6, 11-7, 10-12, 7-11, 11-Eight, 11-Eight.
Semi-finals: A Sharath Kamal bt Manav Thakkar (PSPB) 11-Eight, 5-11, 14-12, 11-9, 9-11, 17-15; G. Sathiyan bt SFR Snehit (Telg) 13-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-5.