Newly-crowned national champion G. Sathiyan will open his campaign against Commonwealth Games silver medallist Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri in the World Table Tennis Contender tournament in Doha on Wednesday.

Sharath Kamal, who is drawn to meet Sathiyan in the quarterfinals, plays a yet-to-be-named qualifier in the first round.

Looking ahead to his campaign, Sathiyan told Sportstar, “I’m excited to play my first international singles match after a year. I think I have not played him (Quadri) in a competition. It will be a tough match, for sure. But I’m high on confidence after the National title and will put my best foot forward. I will discuss my strategies with my coach, Raman Sir.”

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