Indian men’s team stuns world number 2 Germany at World Table Tennis Championships

Star paddler G Sathiyan won his two singles, including the one against world number 9 Dang Qiu, to script India’s stunning 3-1 win over second-seeded Germany in the group stage of the Table Tennis World Championships on Sunday.

World number 37 Sathiyan won two grueling deciders, first against 36th-ranked Duda Benedikt (11-13, 4-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-9) before overtaking Germany’s best player ranked Qiu (10-12, 7-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-9).

In both games, Sathiyan staged a strong fightback after losing the first two games.

“The match against Qiu was definitely much tougher. He’s in the top 10. It was also a high quality match,” Sathiyan told PTI.

Indian number 2 Harmeet Desai had lost the second single to Qui 1-2 (7-11, 9-11, 13-11, 3-11) before Manav Thakkar helped his side to a 2-1 lead with a 3 -1 (13 -11, 6-11, 11-8, 12-10) win over higher ranked Ricardo Walther.

India, ranked 17th, beat Uzbekistan in their first group game on Saturday. They must finish in the top two to qualify for the quarter-finals.

In the women’s draw, India recorded their first victory of the group stage with a 3-0 result over the Czech Republic.

The team managed by Manika Batra had lost against Germany on Saturday.

Manika defeated Hana Matelova 3-1 (11-6, 11-6, 8-11, 12-10) in the first singles before Akula Sreeja and Diya Chitale won their singles against Marketa Sevcikova and Katerina Tomanovska, 3- 0 and 3-1 respectively.

It was a close affair between Diya and Katerina before the Indian prevailed 11-13, 15-13, 12-10, 14-12. Down two points in game four, Diya relied on her serve to make it 10-10 before winning a spectacular rally.

Katerina made it 12-12 before India got the few points they needed to claim a nice victory.

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