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Dominant Sathiyan sails into quarterfinals at WTT Contender Zagreb

Sathiyan Gnanasekaran continued his dream run at the WTT Contender Zagreb as he won an easy encounter against a Chinese opponent to storm into the quarterfinals in Croatia.

Sathiyan Gnanasekaran

Sathiyan Gnanasekaran (Source: WTT)


The Bridge Desk

Published: 18 Jun 2022 4:18 AM GMT

Seasoned Indian paddler Sathiyan Gnanasekaran continued his stellar form at the WTT Contender Zagreb and scripted a straight-game victory over China's Chen Yuanyu, 3-0 to storm into the quarterfinals of the event in Croatia.

En route to the quarterfinals, the World No. 34 Sathiyan Gnanasekaran went all guns blazing against World No. 6 Jorgic Darko of Slovenia, the reigning European champion and humbled him, 3-1 to book his date with Chen in the Round of 16 clash.

Up against the lower-ranked Chen, Sathiyan attacked strongly and didn't have to face too much of pressure points and won the encounter, 9-11, 7-11, 10-12 to make it to the last eight.

Sathiyan will have a tricky challenge on his plate next as he will be up against the veteran Taiwanese paddler, Chuang Chih-yuan, the current World No. 18, for a place in the semi-finals. The 41-year-old is a legend of the sport and boasts of having been to the Olympics a whopping five times already.

Sathiyan will need to ensure that he can keep this form of his going and hope for an upset again against the former World No. 3 paddler.

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