Table tennis star Gnanasekaran Sathiyan admitted his loss at the Tokyo Olympics made him stronger and a better player. Since then, he has won the men’s singles title at the ITTF Czech Open in August, as well as a men’s doubles title alongside Harmeet Desai at the WTT Contender Tunis.
Table tennis is a sport in which India has mainly wrestled at the Olympics. However, with the progress shown by players over the past few years, hopes were quite high, especially since Gnanasekaran Sathiyan, one of the biggest stars in Indian table tennis at the moment, made his debut during of the mega-event, earlier this year.
Sadly, Sathiyan was beaten by Hong Kong’s Siu Hang Lam in his opener itself, in Tokyo. Despite the result, the Indian believes that losing at the Olympics made him stronger and a better player. The Chennai-based player won the men’s singles title at the 2021 ITTF Czech Open in August, followed by a men’s doubles title alongside Harmeet Desai at WTT Contender Tunis 2021.
“It was a great race after the Olympics. I’m a lot more agile and I play more aggressively. After the Olympics we had a detailed analysis of the game and those losses actually made me stronger,” said Gnanasekaran Sathiyan, as reported by Olympics. .com.
“We had a lot of data and with my coach we got into the technical part of my game and the little details where I could improve. It is now starting to give us good results. Extremely happy with my form and now I have to maintain this form for the World Championship and the next big tournaments in 2022 ”, he added.