G Sathiyan won both of his singles, including one against world No. 9 Dang Qiu, recording India’s stunning 3-1 win over second-placed Germany at the World Table Tennis Championship group stage in Chengdu, China. on Sunday.
World No. 37 Sathyan won two grueling decider matches, first against No. 36th placed Duda Benedikt – 11-13, 4-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-9 – before edging out Germany’s best player Qiu – 10-12, 7-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-9.
In both matches, Satyan put up a strong fight back after losing the first two games.
“The match against Qiu was definitely a lot harder. He is in the top 10 players. It was also a high quality match,” Satyan told PTI.
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India No. 2 Harmeet Desai lost the second singles to Kui 1-2 (7-11, 9-11, 13-11, 3-11) before Manav Thakkar helped his team up 2-1 at 3 -1 (13). -11, 6-11, 11-8, 12-10) defeat the superior Ricardo Walter.
17th-placed India beat Uzbekistan in the first group match on Saturday. They need to finish in the top two to advance to the quarterfinals.
In the women’s draw, India recorded their first 3–0 group stage victory over the Czech Republic.
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Earlier on Saturday, the team led by Manika Batra lost to Germany.
Manika defeated Hana Matelova 3-1 (11-6, 11-6, 8-11, 12-10) in the first singles before Akula Sreya and Dia Chitale won their singles against Marketa Sevchikova and Katerina Tomanovskaya, 3-0 and 3-1, respectively.
It was a close romance between Dia and Katerina until the Indian won 11-13, 15-13, 12-10, 14-12. After dropping two game points in Game 4, Dia relied on her serve to make it 10-10 before winning a thrilling play.