G. Sathiyan has beaten the competition to become the only Indian to break into the top-25 of the world rankings, but when it comes to winning the National title, he still has work to do.

Having figured in three finals and three semifinals in his last six appearances, Sathiyan is looking to break the jinx in the next four days of the National table tennis championship that began on Saturday.

“This is the first time when I got three weeks to train at home for the National championship and I hope all the hard work pays off this time,” was how Sathiyan spoke about his preparations at Panchkula on Saturday.

“The tables in India are faster than what you get in Europe and that requires some adjustments. Even the flooring and lighting in the arena could pose a few challenges. But here, the hall is simply world class and now it is up to the players to give their best.”

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