WATCH: Aakarshi Kashyap consoles Pakistani opponent after she retires hurt
Indian shuttler Aakarshi Kashyap consoled Pakistan's Mahoor Shahzad after the latter retired hurt at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022.
Who said India-Pakistan always has to be bitter? Indian badminton player Aakarshi Kashyap consoled Pakistan counterpart Mahoor Shahzad after the latter retired hurt during the women's singles round of 32 match.
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In the first set, Kashyap was in a tight spot as the six time Pakistani national champion Shahzad was leading the India 20-18. Aakarshi recovered quickly and won four consecutive points to win the game.
The second game saw Kashyap in good form, leading 8-1, when Shahzad went down on the court in discomfort. Her left ankle seemed to be the cause of her injury and she had to retire from the game.
In a heartwarming moment of sportsmanship, the India consoled the Pakistani at the end of the match. Watch here:
Kashyap had started well, leading 14-9 but lost her way in the middle and offered the lead. The Indian then bounced back and fought hard to take the opening game 22-20. The second game was better for the Indian as she looked more in the control and was leading 8-1 when Mahoor Shahzad withdrew.
Earlier in the day, ace shuttlers PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth had advanced into the Round of 16 following victories in their respective matches. However, it was curtains for the mixed doubles duo of Sumeeth Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa as they suffered a defeat 21-18, 21-16 to England's Callum Hemming and Jessica Pugh in the Round of 32 tie.