Indians G Sathiyan and Harmeet Desai beat Frenchmen Emmanuel Lebesson and Alexandra Cassin 3-1 in the final of the WTT Contender table tennis tournament in Tunis. It was the duo’s first doubles title.
Sathiyan and Harmeet beat the French duo 11-9 4-11 11-9 11-6. The Indians pocketed the first game but lost momentum and allowed their opponents to restore parity. The French pair took a 5-1 lead and then extended to 9-3 to win the second game.
Sathiyan and Harmeet recovered their way by regaining the lead in a close third game that saw their fortunes fluctuate. The Indian pair then barely sweated in Game 4, taking a 4-1, then 6-5 lead, never looking back on their way to the title.
Sathiyan had already lost three doubles finals with Achanta Sharath Kamal, Soumyajit Ghosh and Sanil Shetty.
Speaking to Sportskeeda, Sathiyan said he was delighted to have won his first doubles title and attributed the victory to the understanding of both players. He said:
“It feels good because this is my / our first doubles title and it’s a big win. What worked for us is that we are both aggressive players and we know each other – our game, our punches and the confidence we had in each other – and it combined well and came out successfully. “
Sathiyan said the support the players get from each other stands out in their successful partnership.
“The key factor between us was understanding. We’ve been through the tide watching each other from age group tournaments. We support each other, even if one of us is reluctant to play a move or try something different. , the other supports This is the trust we have in each other. “
Sathiyan and Harmeet worked hard for the win
Winning the title was by no means fun and both players had to work hard for it.
Winning the semi-final in a resurgence against Hungarians Nandor Ecseki and Adam Szudi was key as it boosted player confidence.
It also gave the Indian couple the right to go kill and they did so in a spectacular way.
Speaking of how Lebesson and Cassin varied the pace of the game and tried to get a handle on it but ultimately couldn’t, Sathiyan said:
“The challenge was when the opponents varied the pace. We were ready to meet it by staying consistent in our aggression and not playing too hard. We also varied the pace, but we made sure not to let our guard down as well. . “
Both Sathiyan and Harmeet were up to the challenge and had their strategies in place. They complemented each other well and that remained the key to their victory.
“When the game slowed down on one player, we made sure the other was backing him up. We kind of covered and hit our shots, where we could analyze the pace and push them on the back foot as well.”
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Sathiyan is now heading to the next stop for the WTT Contender in Slovenia.