Sathiyan smashes his way to mens singles

Published on April 28, 2015 15:14:29 PM
Suzhou (China): India's G Sathiyan continued his good show and qualified for the main draw of the men's singles event at the World Table Tennis Championships here on Tuesday.

Sathiyan, ranked 188 in the world, beat Felipe Olivares of Chile 11-7 11-8 11-8 11-4 in his final qualifying round match to earn a place in the main draw.

But a tough opening round match awaits Sathiyan in the main draw as he is set to face Sweden's world number 64 Gerell Par.

However, it was curtains for Sanil Shetty as he crashed out in the last round of the qualifiers, losing to higher ranked Elia Schmid of Switzerland.

Shetty was leading at one stage before losing 12-10 13-15 11-9 6xx-11 11-7 13-15 9-11 to Schmid.

India's top ranked player Achanta Sharath Kamal will take on lower-ranked Park Sin Hyok of North Korea in the first round.

The Indian men's doubles pairs of Sharath Kamal and Sathiyan and Soumyajit Ghosh and Sanil Shetty will be seen in action today.

Mouma and Shamini will also figure in the women's doubles event, so as Manika Batra who is partnering Australian Lay Jian Fang in this tournament.