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Tokyo Olympics: G Sathiyan succumbs to pressure against little known Hong Kong paddler | Tokyo Olympics News

Tokyo Olympics: G Sathiyan succumbs to pressure against little known Hong Kong paddler | Tokyo Olympics News, the vie

It was not an Olympics debut paddler G Sathiyan would want to remember. The 28-year-old went down 3-4 (7-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-5, 9-11, 10-12, 6-11) to Hong Kong’s Lam Siu Hang in the second round at the Tokyo Games on Sunday. The 26th seeded Sathiyan, who received a bye in the first round, lost the opening game 7-11 but quickly regrouped to win the next three games 11-7, 11-4, 11-5. Sathiyan’s defence was sturdy and Lam was feeling the heat by the time the clash entered the fifth game.
With a comfortable 3-1 lead, one would have expected Sathiyan to wrap things up. But things began to go downhill for the Indian from the fifth game. Errors began to creep into Sathiyan’s game as the 95th ranked Lam made full use of it to pocket the fifth and sixth games 11-9 and 12-10 respectively and take the clash into the decider. Lam had the momentum in the seventh and final game as he raced to a 5-2 lead with an imperious forehand winner.
Sathiyan then trailed 6-9 and a forehand error gave Lam match point. Sathiyan subsequently committed a backhand error and it was all over. His long-time coach S Raman was at a loss for words. “This defeat just can’t be explained. He would have won games from these positions on any given day but today Sathiyan just couldn’t do that. He will come back stronger from this loss,” Raman told TOI.
Raman felt Sathiyan ought to have been pushed more by national coach Soumyadeep Roy.
“Probably, Roy didn’t know how to push him,” he said. “Very tough day on court and certainly a heartbreaking loss. Gutted to have missed my chances and probably will take a few sleepless nights to overcome it. Nevertheless, I gave it my all on the court,” Sathiyan tweeted.

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