National Games 2022: CWG gold medallist Sharath Kamal withdraws from quarterfinal match due to lower back injury

The 40-year-old was way ahead of his opponent by leading with two sets to one and 6-1 in the fourth set against Haryana's counterpart when he asked for medical attention and decided to retire after a few minutes of treatment.

Aakash SrivastavaAuthor

Updated - 24 September 2022 12:04 AM

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In a shocking turn of events, CWG gold medallist Sharath Kamal, who was leading the National Games quarter-final match against Soumyajit Ghosh 7-11, 12-10, 11-8, 6-1. was forced to retire from the match due to a lower back injury. The 40-year-old was way ahead of his opponent by leading with two sets to one and 6-1 in the fourth set against his Haryana counterpart when he asked for medical attention and decided to retire after a few minutes of treatment.

Meanwhile, prolific Tennis player G Sathiyan outplayed local boy Manav Thakkar 4-1 in a fast-paced encounter. Although Thakkar kept the pace of the game with his playing style, he was not able to succeed in his defence as Satiyan clinched the thrilling game by 11-7, 11-8, 8-11, 14-12, 13-11. Sathiyan will now face Harmeet Desai, who is coming on the back of an impressive win over Deepit Patil.

Manush Shah was another prominent paddler who got better of FR Snehit after struggling in the opening two sets. But Shah made a remarkable comeback in the clash as he registered a 4-2 win.

Earlier, top-seeded Reethrishya Tennison missed out on the semi-final berth after she was knocked out by the experienced Sutirtha Mukherjee in the quarters.

Sutirtha, who represented India at the Tokyo Olympics, also avenged her loss to the fourth-seeded Reeth in the team events by clinching the last eight-round encounter 3-1.

In another quarterfinal, top-seeded Manika Batra and second-seeded Sreeja Akula registered emphatic wins over their respective opponents to secure their semi-final berths.

Speaking of Sharath, the winner of multiple medals at CWG 2022 revealed that he had not trained too much for the National Games and also announced that he will not take part in the upcoming World TT table tennis team Championships which are going to be held in Chengdu, China from September 30.

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