Indian Sports Live Updates: March 18 — Sharath Kamal, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, and Sutirtha Mukherjee qualify for Olympics, Sindhu reached All-England Open Badminton 2021 quarters
Latest updates on Indian sports news and features from All England Open Badminton Championships, Manika Batra qualification etc.
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India had a mixed start to the prestigious 2021 All-England Badminton Open with PV Sindhu sailing to the Round of 16. However, the men's singles draw saw Kidambi Srikanth, Parupalli Kashyap knocked out in Round of 32. Late in the night, Saina Nehwal had to retire from her match against Denmark's Mia Blichfeldt due to an injury.
Meanwhile, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran has beaten Sharath Kamal 4-3 in Round 1 of the Olympic Table Tennis Qualification tournament in Doha. He is one win away from Tokyo Olympics.
Follow LIVE blog action from Day 2 of All-England Badminton Open 2021 here:
- 18 March 2021 5:25 PM GMT
Satwiksairaj Reddy/Chirag Shetty goes down in pre-quarterfinal against Denmark's Astrup-Rasmussen in three games 16-21, 21-11, 17-21
For the second time this month, they lose against the Danish pair — the previous loss coming in Swiss Open.
- 18 March 2021 3:26 PM GMT
PV Sindhu comfortably gets the better of her young opponent from Denmark 21-8, 21-8 to reach the quarter-final of 2021 All England Badminton Open Championships. This was the first time the two shuttlers faced each other.
So, as things stand now, only Lakshya Sen and PV Sindhu have reached the last eight. Few more games to go.
- 18 March 2021 3:05 PM GMT
A good fight by Sai Praneeth but he could not hold to the first game lead, going down 21-15, 12-21, 12-21 to World No. 2 Victor Axelsen in the Round of 16 at the All-England Badminton Open 2021.
Only Sameer Verma (pre-QF) and Lakshya Sen (QF) left in men's singles event.
- 18 March 2021 2:15 PM GMT
News from Indian football. Kickstart FC today became the champions of Karnataka Women's League after a 1-0 victory over Bangalore United on the final day of the league. They will be representing Karnataka in the Indian Women's League later this year.
The Bridge live streamed all matches from the league and you can check it on our YouTube channel. Click here.
- 18 March 2021 2:01 PM GMT
With his win against the player from Pakistan, it is almost certain that he will go through as the highest-ranked reserve player even if Sathiyan wins later today.
Very happy to have qualified for my 4th Olympic Games, in men’s singles. Focused now on the mixed doubles qualification which is still underway here in Doha.#TableTennis #TokyoOlympics pic.twitter.com/xJNhhTzX3q— Sharath Kamal OLY (@sharathkamal1) March 18, 2021