Anthony Amalraj loses in Brazil open final

Amalraj had to be content with $2000 and 50 ranking points.

The Indian was no match for the Brazilian whose forehand and backhand top-spin from the back of the table was outstanding to say the least.   -  R. Ragu

Eighth seeded Anthony Amalraj of India lost to Hugo Calderano of Brazil, the top seed, 14-12, 9-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-5 in the men’s final of the International Table Tennis Federation Challenge Series-Seamaster Brazil Open here on Sunday. Amalraj had to be content with $2000 and 50 ranking points.

It was a completely one-sided match. The Indian was no match for the Brazilian whose forehand and backhand top-spin from the back of the table was outstanding to say the least.

From the first point where he hit a backhand down the line winner, Calderano dominated nearly every rally. Amalraj was nervous, to start with. Ranked 147 in the world, he mostly defended and crucially, couldn't convert his chances that came his way. Especially in the second game where he had six game points at 10-4 only to almost squander it all. The third, fourth and fifth games were a breeze for Calderano. Ranked 25 in the world, the Brazilian hardly faced any resistance and was ruthless on anything short.