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India’s Sathiyan Gnanasekaran wins ITTF Czech International Open title

Olomouc: In table tennis, India’s top player Sathiyan Gnanasekaran won the men’s singles title at the ITTF Czech International Open. Sathiyan defeated Yevhen Ryshchepa of Ukraine in straight sets 11-9, 11-6, 11-6,14-12 in the finals.

This is Sathiyan’s third ITTF Challenger title. Earlier he had won Belgium Open in 2016 and Spanish Open in 2017.

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‘I’m extremely happy to win the men’s singles title in a dominant way and without dropping a set. This wait was worth it to lift my third ITTF title after a gap of four years’, said Sathiyan.

Sathiyan entered finals as his semifinal rival Truls Moregard of Sweden conceded in the third game due to back pain 11-4, 11-8, 8-2. In the quarterfinal, Sathiyan beat Ali Alkhadrawi of Saudi Arabia and in pre-quarters Sadi Ismailov of Russia.

Last week, Sathiyan had paired up with compatriot Manika Batra to win the mixed doubles title at the WTT Contender in Budapest.


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