Seeded G. Sathiyan clinched his third international men’s singles title with a convincing 4-0 (11-9, 11-6, 11-6, 14-12) victory over Ukraine’s Yevhen Pryschchepa in the final of the Czechs. International table tennis tournament here on Wednesday.
Earlier in the semifinals, Sathiyan’s opponent, Sweden’s Truls Moregard, conceded in Game 3 citing back pain.
After the early defeat in the round of 16 at the WTT Contender tournament in Budapest recently, the triumph here must have been a huge boost to Sathiyan’s morale.
The 28-year-old, ranked 39th in the world, performed at his best throughout the final. His backhand blocks, forehand and backhand counters on long rallies, and side serves provided him with the breakthroughs when he needed them most.
Yevhen, the fourth seed, with a world ranking of 111 started off lukewarm, but got into the rhythm fairly quickly with his fierce forehand top-spin commands. In fact, the 36-year-old scored four points in Game 4, but Sathiyan saved them all.
Men: Final: G. Sathiyan bt Yevhen Pryschchepa (United Kingdom) 11-9, 11-6, 11-6, 14-12; Semi-finals: Sathiyan bt Truls Moregard (Sweden) 11-4, 11-8, 8-2 (concd.).
Women: Final: Xiaoxin Yang (Mon) with Mariia Tailakova (Rus) 13-11, 11-4, 11-3, 11-9.