Sathiyan Gnanasekaran stuns WTT world number 6 and enters round of 16 | More sports news



NEW DELHI: Indian paddler Sathiyan Gnanasekaran surprised everyone by beating world No. 6 and reigning European champion Jorgic Darko 3-1 to enter the knockout stages of men’s singles in the WTT competitor in Zagreb, Croatia.
Sathiyan showed courage and executed his plans to perfection en route to a 6-11 12-10 11-9 12-10 win over second seed Slovenia in their Round of 16 clash on Thursday.

“I went all guns blazing as I scored a MASSIVE VICTORY tonight by beating World No. 6 and current European Cup champion Jorgic Darko (SLO) 3-1 in the Men’s Singles Round of 32 here has WTT Competitor Zagreb 2022,” Sathiyan tweeted.

This is Sathiyan’s second victory over a player ranked in the top 10 in the world.
Prior to that, Sathiyan defeated former world No. 5 Tomakazu Harimoto of Japan in the 2019 Asian Championships.
Sathiyan is part of the Indian Table tennis team for the next Birmingham Commonwealth Games in 2022, which are due to start on July 28.


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