Last update: August 06, 2022, 20:10 IST
Indian table tennis player Sathian Gnanasekaran was like ‘Superman’ on Day 9 of the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games, making it through six matches and losing just one.
Sathian’s senior teammate Achanta Sharath Kamal also played in six matches on Friday and advanced to the next stage in men’s singles and doubles.
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Sathin played six matches on Friday in the mixed doubles, men’s doubles and men’s singles events, his first game starting at 09:30 and the last at 19:45 with two matches each in three divisions. He reached the quarterfinals in men’s singles and the semifinals in men’s doubles but lost in mixed doubles in which he and his partner Manika Batra were favorites as they are ranked in the top-10 in the world.
Sathian, however, was happy with the way the day turned out.
“Wow. A very long day. I arrived at 07:30 and I have been in the stadium since morning. I could not go to the hotel. It was also a test of my physical and mental strength.
“Unfortunately we lost in the mixed (doubles), but from an overall perspective, I made it to the quarterfinals of the men’s singles and the semifinals of the men’s doubles, which was a great day,” Sathian said.
He defeated Northern Ireland’s Paul McCreary 4-0 and then defeated Australia’s Nicholas Lum 4-2. He partnered with Achanta Sharath Kamal for two wins in men’s doubles. He and Manika Batra won one match in the mixed doubles but lost a close match in the quarterfinals to Malaysia’s Jewen Chung and Karen Lion.
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