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Sathiyan lone Indian survivor at Worlds

 NEW DELHI, April 24: G Sathiyan was the lone survivor at the 2019 ITTF World Championships as the Indian edged past Christian Pletea of Romania 11-5, 11-9, 6-11, 11-7, 11-6 in a round of 64 match in Budapest. The World No. 28 will meet Hugo Calderano of Brazil, ranked No. 7, in the round of 32 later on Wednesday.

Sathiyan, who beat Belgian Robin Devos in the first round 4-0, had little difficulty against Pletea, ranked 131, as he disposed him in 35 minutes. Sathiyan, leading 2-0, lost the third game as the Romanian won six consecutive points to cause a minor ripple. But the Indian was up to the task to sew it up winning the next two games. Sharath Kamal, on the other hand, was woefully out of sorts against Tomislav Pucar of Croatia when he went down 9-11, 10-12, 11-8, 4-11, 9-11 in the round of 64.

The Indian, ranked No. 36, failed to come to grips against the World No. 58, who had a better control over the match. The Indian, however, registered a 4-0 win over Uzbek’s Zokhid Kenjaev in the first round.

Manav Thakkar, who had made the main draw cut, failed to go past Austrian Robert Gardos despite a very good fight. The young Indian paddler lost 13-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-3, 2-11, 10-12, 6-11 in the round of 128.

Both Manika Batra and Suthirta Mukherjee ended their world championships campaign, bowing out in round of 64 on Tuesday night. Taipei’s Szu-Yu Chen beat Manika 11-2, 11-8, 7-11, 11-7, 11-9 as the World No. 24 needed mere 34 minutes against the World No. 56 Indian. In contrast, Suthirta managed to take two games of her rival before losing to Puerto Rican Adriana Diaz 11-4, 8-11, 11-7, 5-11, 3-11, 9-11. – PTI

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