Finally, G. Sathiyan’s wait to lay his hands on the winner’s trophy of the National table tennis championship has ended.

Playing his fourth final in seven years, Sathiyan ended the jinx by beating nine-time winner Sharath Kamal 11-6, 11-7, 10-12, 7-11, 11-8, 11-8 in under 50 minutes at Panchkula. The two Chennai-based players, ranked in the world’s top-50 bracket, produced some exciting times in patches though the title-battle failed to reach any great heights.

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Two years ago, when Sharath broke Kamlesh Mehta’s record of eight titles by beating Sathiyan in the final, the champion was candid in admitting that his younger rival was clearly “unlucky” to lose while he was extremely lucky during the closing points of the decider.

Even on Tuesday, Sharath was gracious in acknowledging the new…

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