Sathiyan Gnansekaran has registered an impressive 6-11, 11-13, 11-3, 11-8, 11-6, 11-2 win against South Korea’s Jeong Sanguen yesterday to secure a spot in the main draw of the Austrian Open. The world number 35 will face-off against Portugal Marcos Freitas in the first round on Thursday.
The 25-year-old, who was the last Indian left in the men’s singles category, fought hard to earn a 4-2 victory at the Tips Linz Arena. Gnanasekaran initially trailed after the first two games but produced a stunning comeback to dump the Korean out of the tournament.
“Stormed into the Main draw of the Austrian open 2018 after knocking out Asian Championship silver medalist & WR 17 Jeong
In the earlier stages of the tournament, Sathiyan had beaten China’s Youth Olympics champion Wang Chuqin 11-8, 12-14, 11-8, 11-7, 18-16. The Indian ace also overcame Slovakia’s 34-year-old Lubomir Pistej in the third round of preliminaries. The Tamil Nadu-born athlete will now face off against Portugal Marcos Freitas in the first round of the main draw which will be a Round of 32
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