Sathiyan and Harmeet win men’s doubles title at World Table Tennis Contender
The Indian pair of G. Sathiyan and Harmeet Desai won the men’s doubles title at the World Table Tennis Contender Tunis in Tunis, Tunisia on Saturday with a victory of 11-9, 4-11, 11-9, 11-6 over Emmanuel Lebesson and Alexandra Cassin from France in the final.
After losing the first game, the French pair retaliated by taking a 5-1, 9-3 lead to pocket the second game. The third game was tight with advances changing hands between the two pairs.
However, it was the Sathiyan-Harmeet duo that won it at 11-9. With a 4-1 lead in the fourth quarter, the Indians have never looked back after taking a 6-5 lead.
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“I reached the final playing with Sharath Anna, [Soumyajit] Gosh and Sanil [Shetty], but I’ve never won a men’s doubles crown. It’s my first time playing with Harmeet. I am extremely happy. The key factor in our victory was speed, âsaid Sathiyan Sports star.
Harmeet, who won the doubles title with Ghosh at the 2015 Commonwealth Championship, was equally thrilled. âWinning with Sathiyan is really special. Since Sathiyan had already seen [Emmanuel] Lebesson in the mixed doubles semi-finals, we worked out some strategies and it worked well for us, “he said.
“We also try different [men’s doubles] wetsuits to prepare for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. “