Chengdu (China), Nov 30 (GCSports) India’s Sathiyan Gnanasekaran lost to former world number one Timo Boll and bowed out of the ongoing International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Men’s World Cup, here on Saturday.
Sathiyan, who is making his World Cup debut, went down 1-4 (11-7, 8-11, 5-11, 9-11, 8-11) to the German in the pre-quarters.
The world number 30 Sathiyan, started well and took 1-0 lead, but his opponent Boll made a strong comeback to level the match.
The two-time World Cup champion then dominated the tie and won the next three games without much trouble.
Earlier on Friday, Sathiyan had defeated higher ranked Frenchman Simon Gauzy 11-13, 9-11, 11-8, 14-12, 7-11, 11-5, 11-8 before beating world number 24 Groth Jonathan of Denmark 11-9, 7-11, 11-5, 11-6, 11-2, to top his group and reach the round of 16.