Prithvi Sekhar Wins Singles Title; Finishes Runner-Up In Doubles At Australian Open Deaf Championship

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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.

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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.