first_imgSathiyan Gnanasekaran aims to be in top 15 by end of 2019Sathiyan Gnanasekaran has already booked his World Cup berth with good performances at the Asian Cup and he hopes that he hopes that he can come back with a better showadvertisement Indo-Asian News Service KolkataApril 9, 2019UPDATED: April 9, 2019 16:52 IST Sathiyan Gnanasekaran feels he needs to step up his fitness levels ahead of a gruelling schedule (Reuters Photo)Sathiyan Gnanasekaran wants to be among the top 15 players in the world by the end of this year, but to achieve that, India’s top ranked paddler knows all too well that he has to work on his fitness to brave the grind in the coming months.”I am looking at top 15 by the end of 2019 if I can continue this form. I am knocking on the door of top 20,” the World No. 28 Sathiyan told IANS in an interview.”I need to step up my fitness levels as well to match up to the gruelling schedule ahead. That is something I need to work on if I have to get into the top 15,” the 26-year old said.Sathiyan booked a berth at the World Cup after finishing sixth in the ITTF-ATTU Asian Cup held in Yokohama last week.The left-hander stunned World No. 14 Chun Ting Wong of Hong Kong in positions 5-8 match before losing to 17-year-old Lin Yun-Ju of Chinese Taipei, who notched up a 11-4, 11-8, 11-8, 14-12 win to finish fifth.”It was a tiring tournament, playing such high quality matches. All the matches were like playing semi final and final. I will watch the videos and comeback with better show when I meet him (Yun-Ju) next time,” Sathiyan said.The next few months will be gruelling for Sathiyan with the World Table Tennis Championships, seven Pro Tours (China, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Australia, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic), Ultimate Table Tennis League and the Commonwealth Championships all lined up before the World Cup, which is slated to be held in Chengdu, China from October 18 to 20.advertisement”I have the World Championships (April 21-1 in Budapest, Hungary) coming up. Then I have three weeks maybe in Chennai. Then I have seven pro tours, the Commonwealth Championships it will be a tournament packed few months,” Sathiyan quipped.He further added that if he can do well in the World Championships, his ranking will shoot up.”I will have enough match practice before the World Cup. If I can do well in the World Championships, my world ranking will go up.”On areas he wants to improve on besides fitness, Sathiyan feels his serves and receives can get better.”I want to work on my serves and receives. I also want to improve on my backhand serves.”In January, Sathiyan reached a career-best world ranking of 28 which is the best ever ranking achieved by an Indian in singles.Also Read | Sakshi Malik aims for Asian Wrestling Championship goldFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Sathiyan GnanasekaranFollow Table TennisFollow World CupFollow World ChampionshipsFollow Commonwealth Championships Nextlast_img

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