India’s Prithvi Sekhar had quite the outing at the Australian Open Deaf Championships as he captured the singles title and finished runner-up with Glen Flindell in doubles, in Melbourne.
Prithvi Sekhar had a triumphant Australian Open Deaf Championship campaign
Prithvi Sekhar could have had the double crown if he managed to win the doubles title with Flindell. They were leading 6-0, 5-2 against Gabor Mathe and Esah Hyat in a league match of the doubles. However, lost 6-0, 5-7, [7-10] in the second league match. The duo won the third league match comprehensively to take the doubles runners-up trophy.
“It was great to win the singles title this time, beating the same player Gabor Mathe of Hungary, to whom I had lost in the semifinals last year. I also had a shoulder injury then. This time I was better prepared and very motivated”, said Prithvi, who spent a few weeks in Australia with his relatives ahead of the three-day event in Melbourne that concluded on Sunday.
“We had a match point on deuce, and a few other chances but we made mistakes”, recalled Prithvi.”
“I prepared well and played with superb intensity and proper tactics against every opponent. I had the rhythm and momentum to win all my singles matches”, said Prithvi who dropped one set in five matches.
Prithvi witnessed a lot of matches featuring top players at the Australian Open. He also got to watch the matches of Rohan Bopanna, Sumit Nagal apart from Anirudh Chandrasekar and Vijay Sundar Prashanth.
It has also come to light that Prithvi trained for a few days in Sydney with Anirudh and Vijay before they went for their tournament.
“I also had five days of training before my event in Melbourne with the other players. I had a lot of support as many relatives of mine watched my matches and cheered for me on all the three days,” said Prithvi.