Sathiyan crashes out of world table tennis

Brazil’s Hugo Calderano and World No.7 ended G. Sathiyan's run with a clinical 4-0 (11-6, 11-3, 11-9, 11-9) win in the round of 32.

G. Sathiyan lost his round of 32 match 4-0 to Brazil’s Hugo Calderano.   -  S. Siva Saravanan

Brazil’s Hugo Calderano and World No.7 ended G. Sathiyan's run with a clinical 4-0 (11-6, 11-3, 11-9, 11-9) win in the round of 32 in the ITTF-World individual table tennis championships at Budapest on Wednesday. With the defeat, India's challenge in all categories came to an end.

The Brazilan proved too powerful for the Indian with his forehand top-spin and deceptive backhand shots that left Sathiyan stunned in most occasions.

Ranked 28 in the world, Sathiyan did put up a good fight in the third and fourth games with good blocks and effective serves. In fact, in the third game, Sathiyan took a three-point lead at 8-5, only to see Calderano stage a quick comeback. Similarly in the fourth, Sathiyan took a 3-0 lead, but the 22-year-old came roaring back with fantastic forehand top-spin shots. At 9-8 in the fourth, Calderano closed out the match with two powerful forehand top-spin strokes.

The results:

Men’s singles (round of 32); Hugo Calderano (Bra) bt G. Sathiyan 11-6, 11-3, 11-9, 11-9; Mixed doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Lee Sangsu & Jihee Jion (Kor) bt G. Sathiyan & Archana Kamath  11-6, 11-4, 7-11, 11-7, 11-8.

Men's singles (round of 64): Sathiyan bt Cristian Pletea (Rou) 11-5, 11-9, 6-11, 11-7, 11-6.