WTT Star Contender Doha: Sathiyan pulls off upset win over world number 17

G. Sathiyan pulled off a huge upset win over Sweden's Mattias Falck, a 2019 World championship finalist and the eighth seed, 8-11, 3-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-6 win in the second round of the WTT Star Contender Doha here on Monday.

FILE PHOTO: Indian paddler G Sathiyan.   -  REUTERS

G. Sathiyan pulled off a huge upset win over Sweden's Mattias Falck, a 2019 World championship finalist and the eighth seed, 8-11, 3-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-6 win in the second round of the WTT Star Contender Doha here on Monday.

Sathiyan, world ranked 37, rallied from being 0-2 games down to script one of his best wins of his career. The Indian raced to a 6-2 and 9-2 lead before the Swede, ranked 17 in the world, won four points in a row. Sathiyan didn't relent as he took the last two points; one with a backhand block and the other a backhand winner.

"Extremely happy. Beating [Falck] for the first time. He's a tricky player with pimple on his forehand. This is certainly one of my best wins. Taking on Kristian Karlsson next will be tough," Sathiyan told Sportstar.

Manika beats Xiaona Shan

Later in the day, Manika Batra put it across Xiaona Shan of Germany, ranked 27 in the world, 7-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-9 to enter the pre-quarterfinals. Unseeded Manika, ranked 48th, will take on Germany's Ying Han, seeded sixth.

For more updates, follow Sportstar on :