2018 Commonwealth Games: Sathiyan Gnanasekaran Is Confident Of The Three Table Tennis Gold Medals

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2018 Commonwealth Games: Sathiyan Gnanasekaran Is Confident Of The Three Table Tennis Gold Medals

The Indian table tennis contingent who is headed to the year 2018 Commonwealth Games at a Gold Coast, Australia with its best squad and leading the charge is the 25-year-old Sathiyan Gnanasekaran.

He is Ranking 49th in the world; the Chennai-based paddler is India’s best bet for not just a podium finish, but gold in an individual and men’s doubles with Achanta Sharath Kamal events.Historically, Indian paddlers have done well at the Common Wealth Games since its inception in the year 2002.

Claiming a total of the 12 medals, but the previous edition at the Glasgow which is proving somewhat forgettable with the country’s tally that is reducing to just one medal and silver in the men’s doubles.However, four years on, the Indian table tennis landscape has changed drastically, and Sathiyan believes that the current squad has what it is taking to deliver the goods. “We can get up to the five or six medals. We all feel that we are at our best and we have a wonderful team,”  says in an interview. “We are very confident and will make this the best Commonwealth Games. Hopes are high.”

For a long, Sharath Kamal, who is World No. 71 has Indian table tennis’ flag-bearer, but now, the country has eight players in the top 100 and six in the senior men and two in high women. In the Under-21 rankings, there are also seven players that are two in men and five in women in the top 100 bracket.

Common Wealth Games debut

For Sathiyan, who is a Youth Commonwealth Games gold medallist in the year 2008 – the year 2018 Common Wealth Games will, surprisingly, his first major multi-sport event.

In the year 2010, he was ranked sixth among the Indians and thus missing out on the Common Wealth Games selection, and in the year 2014, he has to choose his engineering examinations over the pro tours. Before the year 2016 Rio Olympics, he is going through one of the most terrible phases of his life, when he lost his father.

The engineering graduate is fighting through the difficult times, and the success as follows. “Losing my father was tough, but that makes me stronger, and I am making better decisions now,” he says. “It is wonderful to going in for my debut in the Common Wealth Games. I am high on the confidence as I have got a good ranking and I will be seeding high as well.”

Sathiyan’s career graph is skyrocketing after he won the year 2016 Belgium Open that is only the second Indian player to win an ITTF singles event. Then, in the year 2017 which is proving to be a stellar year as he is claiming bronze in Thailand, Belgium, Sweden and silver in Bulgaria and also won the Spanish Open.  2017 was a year big for me. Belgium 2016 was close to my heart, but it was the Spanish Open win that is helping my confidence,” he says.

For his achievements in the year 2017, the 25-year-old was the recipient of the Mahindra Scorpio Times of India on the Table Tennis Player of the Year award in February.

Common Wealth Games hopes

Dispelling of any notion of the pressure, Sathiyan is confident that he will be returning with more than one medal from the Gold Coast. “Three yellows, that is my only aim,” he says. “Yes, there is a lot of the excitement, but I also know that I should not be taking too much pressure. The Pressure is there, and people have an expectation, but I am focussing on playing a normal tournament.”

There are a three others players who are ranking higher than him in the fray that is Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri, ranked 22, Singapore’s Gao Ning, 33, and England’s Paul Drinkhall, 46, but that does not worry him much.

“The Singles won’t be easy, with a lot of the top players, but on any giving day, you play well, and there is every chance to beat them. All the three are very strong. Pitchford will also be adamant, he is in the terrific form. For me, Pitch and Aruna are the biggest competitors,” says Sathiyan.

Doubles with Sharath

India has been looking for a stable men’s doubles pair for a long time, and it seems they have finally got one with Sathiyan teaming up with the veteran Sharath Kamal. The duo is enjoying success in reaching the quarter-finals of the Qatar Open, and that has to raise the hopes of a good showing from the pair in Australia.

“In doubles, Sharath and I have been playing a lot of pro tours and are playing together well. We took a lot of time to settle down; we tried a lot of combinations. In doubles, we not only need to understand each other, but our game styles have to suit each other too. So, we are playing a lot of tournaments with a different partner. Finally, it comes down to us playing together,” says Sathiyan about the association.

He is continuing Playing with the Sharath is a great opportunity. He is a legendary player with so much of an experience, and things are much easier playing with him. He is open to the new ideas, and that is a huge advantage. He makes you more comfortable, and we are playing together well.“We have beaten the English pair of the Pitchford and Drinkhall twice last year, so that gave us a lot of confidence. They are one of the best pairs in the fray,” he adds.

Setback of Soumyajit

Lead up to the Games; the team is suffering a massive setback with the World no. 58 Soumyajit Ghosh who is withdrawn from the squad owing to the rape allegations and Sathiyan admitting this changes the team dynamics.

“Yes, it is a big loss,” he says. “In the team event, he is one of the main members. But, we will have to change our strategies. Sanil’s name has to propose, but there are quite a few formalities to done before he is joining the squad. So, we are hoping that it works out in time for him. And if he is not there, we will have to play with just four members of the team.”