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Olympics: Paddler Sathiyan Gnanasekaran loses in Round 2 after a thrilling match

Sathiyan had a commanding 3-1 lead but lost four games in a row

OLYMPICS-2020-TTE/M-SINGLES-R64 Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Table Tennis - Men's Singles - Round 2 - Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium - Sathiyan Gnanasekaran of India in action against Lam Siu Hang of Hong Kong | Reuters

Indian table tennis player G Sathiyan suffered an upset defeat at the hands of lower-ranked Siu Hang Lam to make an early exit from the men's singles competition at the Tokyo Games, here on Sunday.

Ranked 38 and seeded 26th, Sathiyan had a commanding 3-1 lead but lost four games in a row to lose 3-4 to the 95th ranked Hong Kong player.

The first game was tight but the Hong Kong player pulled away from 6-6 with his forehand at work.

Sathiyan switched gears after the opening game with ease. He not only put up a stout defence but levelled the match when Lam hit a return out on a ferocious forehand. 

Sathiyan raced to a 5-1 lead in the third game in a dominating fashion and kept going strong as Lam's game fell apart and in no time and Sathiyan had a 2-1 lead in his pocket.

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