India can do well in World Championship: Sathiyan

India can do well in World Championship: Sathiyan

India's number one men's table tennis player G Sathiyan, who won three medals on his Commonwealth Games debut, says the country has a good chance of finishing on the podium at the upcoming World Championship.

"It has been a great performance. Great experience playing in my first Commonwealth Games. I have played a lot of tournaments, Pro-Tour events. But this is very different from normal Pro-Tour events.

"There was a lot of pressure and expectations. I was happy that I was able to take the pressure and do well. Winning three medals is a great achievement for me," he said.

Apart from the gold in the men's team event, the Tamil Nadu player won a silver in the men's doubles partnering Achanta Sharath Kamal, and a bronze in the mixed doubles with Manika Batra at the Gold Coast Games.

Sathiyan, who has risen to No. 46 in the latest ITTF World Rankings, said the good showing by the country's players bodes well for the forthcoming World Championship in Sweden and they could even win a medal if they continued the hard work.

"Yeah... the World Championship. It is a dream. About two years ago, we won the second division and qualified for the first division. We are all pumped up... high on confidence after the great show in the CWG.

"I think we had really worked hard. It is going to be much tougher, of course. We have top countries, China, Japan, Korea.. everyone playing out there. We will try our best and try to probably even win a medal. That will be a great achievement. We are going to set our targets high and try to push for a medal in the world team championship," the Chennai-based paddler said.

Sathiyan said playing in a multi-discipline event like the CWG was a great learning experience and the success gave him a lot of confidence going into future tournaments.

"It has been a great experience playing in my first multi-discipline event (CWG). Being part of such an event gave me a lot of things to learn. Being successful in my first Games gives me a lot of confidence going into the forthcoming tournaments," he added.

Sathiyan, who won a historic bronze medal in the mixed doubles with Manika, was all praise for his partner and said she had shown everyone what can be achieved with hard work.

"Manika did a great great job. She played very good table tennis, set an example for all the girls in the country on what hard work and what women can achieve in the sport," Sathiyan said.

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