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The making of Sathiyan 2.0

DNMUM431637 | 2/11/2019 | Author : Rutvick Mehta | WC :1111

Chennai paddler, who has scaled Indian table tennis’ highest-ever ranking, reveals how his father’s demise brought about a change in his personality and thereby his game

Mumbai: India’s Sathiyan Gnanasekaran had a rather straightforward philosophy for a large part of his table tennis career: “If your opponent plays 100 balls, you play 101”.
He, however, quickly realised that just being safe with his game wasn’t good enough at the international stage, and that quality mattered more than quantity.
The self-analysis led to the 26-year-old developing a more aggressive game style over the last few years. The process saw him rise steadfastly in the world rankings, which scaled not only his personal high but also the best ever by an Indian paddler at world No. 28 last month.
Yet, it wasn’t just a fundamental change in approach to his playing style that did the trick. The Chennai man, who is
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