G Sathiyan ended his long wait for a national title with a convincing 4-2 win over nine-time champion Sharath Kamal within the 82nd National Table Tennis Championships on Tuesday.
Sathiyan had rued his missed possibilities towards Sharath within the ultimate 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 special Sathiyan. So was Sharath, who was not at his regular self as he misplaced momentum within the fifth recreation of the boys’s singles ultimate.
“Third time I was lucky, no more jinx. A huge burden off my shoulder,” mentioned Sathiyan. Before Cuttack, he had missed out at Pondicherry (2014) and Hyderabad (2015). The win on Tuesday additionally helped him carry house Rs. 2.50 lakh as prize cash.
Taking a 2-0 lead, Sathiyan made his intentions loud and clear. But he is aware of his skilled opponent can change the circulation of the match in a matter of minutes. And Sharath did strike, taking the following two video games.
But, as has been seen fairly often, Sharath had his issues unable to land the ball. Converting these moments to his benefit, Sathiyan nailed it once more and went 3-2 up.
As if on cue, Sathiyan saved his backhand blocks and forehand scorchers going, pushing Sharath on the backfoot as arduous as doable. Sharath allowed Sathiyan to take management of the match slowly however absolutely.
It’s equally necessary to present full credit score to Sathiyan, the brand new champion, who punched his means up the ladder with numerous arduous work.
“In the end, it was a good match, and he deserved to win,” mentioned the genial Sharath.
He attributed the loss to the dearth of focus within the fifth recreation after main 8-6.
Two essential errors price me dearly at that stage. But Sathiyan let me off the hook within the third to return again. These are a part of the sport. I’m joyful for him,” he added.
— Nitin Sharma (@Nitinsharma631) February 23, 2021
With age catching up with Sharath, he isn’t but giving up chasing his tenth title.
“I will certainly come back strong and aim for it,” he mentioned.
Final: 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.