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Sathiyan wins Czech Open Table Tennis crown

August 25, 2021 23:05 IST

India's Sathiyan Gnanasekaran reacts during his men's singles Round 2 match at the Tokyo Olympics on July 25, 2021.

IMAGE: India's Sathiyan Gnanasekaran reacts during his men's singles Round 2 match at the Tokyo Olympics on July 25, 2021. Photograph: Steph Chambers/Getty Images

Star Indian paddler G Sathiyan scored a dominating 4-0 victory over Yevhen Pryshchepa of Ukraine in the summit clash to claim the men's singles title at the ITTF Czech International Open, in Olomouc, on Wednesday.

 

The top seeded Indian, ranked 39 in the world, beat Yevhen 11-0, 11-6, 11-6, 14-12 in the final.

Earlier, Sathiyan advanced to the final after his Swedish opponent, Truls Moregardh. retired hurt midway through the semi-final.

The top-seeded Indian won the first two games without breaking a sweat 11-4, 11-8 and was leading in the third 8-2 when Moregardh opted against continuing, citing an injury.

Last week, the 28-year-old had paired with compatriot Manika Batra to win the mixed doubles title at the WTT Contender in Budapest.

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