Olympics Update: G Sathiyan was eliminated early from the table tennis men’s singles category


Posted on 25 July 2021


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G. Sathiyan, an Indian table tennis player, was eliminated early from the men's singles category at the Tokyo Games on July 25 after an upset loss against lower-ranked Siu Hang Lam. Sathiyan, who was ranked 38 and seeded 26th, took a comfortable 3-1 lead before losing 3-4 to the 95th ranked Hong Kong player. The opening game was close, but the Hong Kong player used his forehand to pull away from a 6-6 tie. With ease, Sathiyan swapped gears after the first game. He not only defended well, but he also tied the game when Lam blasted a terrific forehand return. In the third game, Sathiyan raced to a 5-1 lead and kept going strong as Lam's game broke apart, and Sathiyan had a 2-1 advantage in no time. While Lam's errors continued to pile, the Indian was now nailing his backhand flicks for wins. However, there was a twist in the tale, as Lam drew level by winning the next two games. In the sixth game, Sathiyan saved two game points to keep Lam under pressure, but he blundered on the third game point. After a timeout, Lam took a 5-2 lead in the decider with a powerful forehand winner. Sathiyan was soon down 6-9. By match point, he had hit a forehand out. When Sathiyan produced a backhand miscue, Lam sealed the deal.


Key Points


  • G. Sathiyan, an Indian table tennis player, was eliminated early from the men's singles category at the Tokyo Games on July 25 after an upset loss against lower-ranked Siu Hang Lam. 

  • The opening game was close, but the Hong Kong player used his forehand to pull away from a 6-6 tie.


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