Oman Open: Sathiyan Gnanasekaran settles for bronze, Archana Kamath gets maiden U-21 silver

first_img Press Trust of India MuscatMarch 24, 2019UPDATED: March 24, 2019 18:06 IST Oman Open: Sathiyan Gnanasekaran lost his semi-final after battling for an hour. (@sathiyantt Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSathiyan Gnanasekaran settled for bronze with a loss in the semi-finalSathiyan lost 8-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9, 10-12 to top seed Mattias FlackArchana Kamath claimed U-21 silver at the Oman OpenG. Sathiyan had a very narrow chance of turning it around but could not overcome a tough Mattias Flack of Sweden in the men singles semi-finals of the ITTF Challenge Plus Oman Open Sunday.The fourth-seeded Indian lost 8-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9, 10-12 and settled for the bronze medal.The top-seeded Swede and the Indian had the measure of each other with the two winning alternate games to take the issue to the decider. But in the decider, the Swede had the slight advantage until deuce. But once he broke Sathiyan to go up, it was all over for the Indian as his opponent wrapped it up with the winner.Falck finishes the jobGnanasekaran knocked out #ITTFChallenge+ #OmanOpen pic.twitter.com/fBC9RTUAhHITTF World (@ittfworld) March 24, 2019The only Indian to survive so far, Sathiyan had ended Frenchman Emmanuel Lebesson in the quarter-finals 4-1 (11-9, 11-7, 11-9, 6-11, 12-10) after having dominated the first three games. But the seventh seeded Frenchman showed intentions of coming back but the Indian arrested any such possibility winning the fifth game.Mattias Falck Sathiyan GnanasekaranLIVE battle on https://t.co/qtwSAvsMve!#ITTFChallenge+ #OmanOpen pic.twitter.com/EvproKOqKvITTF World (@ittfworld) March 24, 2019Earlier, in the round of 16, Sathiyan beat Anthony Amalraj 4-1. Another Indian to go down in the round of 16 was A. Sharath Kamal, who lost 1-4 to Croat Pucar Tamislov.It was disappointing for India in women’s singles as both Madhurika Patkar and Riti Shankar failed to go past the first round of the main draw.advertisementIn men’s doubles, Sathiyan and Sharath lost their quarterfinals to the Russian pair of Denis Ivonin and Vladimir Sidorenko 2-3 and so did Archana and Sathiyan in mixed doubles first round. However, the other pair of Madhurika Patkar and Harmeet Desai bowed out in the quarters.Archana Kamath’s excellent run at the ITTF Challenge Oman Open came to an end when she lost the Under-21 women’s singles final in straight games of 7-11, 8-11, 6-11 to top-seeded Japanese Satsuki Odo on Saturday evening.The Indian had to settle for the silver in her first major outing since winning the national women’s singles crown at Cuttack this January.The Japanese used her potent backhand to greater effect to beat the Indian who has had a wonderful outing at Muscat. But the win was not easy for the Japanese who admitted that Archana was very good, using both her backhand and forehand.”It was a very difficult match,” said the top-seed.Archana had her chances in the first two games but a couple of mistakes did her in.”She [Satsuki] was really good, especially on her backhand. But I think I had a good outing here at Muscat,” said the reigning national champion.In fact, on her way to the finals, the Indian had accounted for No. 3 seed Maria Tailakova of Russia in a tough five-gave semi-finals, after trailing 0-2. The Indian bounced back nicely to win 6-11, 5-11, 11-2, 11-6, 11-9. In the quarters, she had beaten Singapore’s Rui Xuan Goi 11-7, 11-5, 11-8 after downing Russian Valeria Shcherbatykh in straight games.Manav Thakkar bowed out in the semi-finals when he went down Artur Abusev of Russia 4-11, 6-11, 5-1. Earlier, he had beaten compatriot Jeet Chandra 3-1 in the quarter-finals.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Sathiyan GnanasekaranFollow Archana KamathFollow ITTF Challenge Plus Oman Open Oman Open: Sathiyan Gnanasekaran settles for bronze, Archana Kamath gets maiden U-21 silverOman Open: Sathiyan Gnanasekaran had to settle for bronze after losing to the top seed Mattias Flack 8-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9, 10-12 in the semi-finals. Archana Kamath lost 7-11, 8-11, 6-11 to Satsuki Odo in the final.advertisement Nextlast_img

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