National Games: Sharath retires citing back injury; Sathiyan, Manika sail into semis

Updated: Sep 23 2022 8:52PM

Surat, Sep 23 (PTI) Veteran paddler Sharath Kamal retired from his last-eight clash due to back pain while top seeds G Sathiyan and Manika Batra moved to the semifinals of their respective events at the National Games here on Friday.

Sharath was leading two sets to one and 6-1 in the fourth set against Haryana's Soumyajit Ghosh when he called for medical attention and then decided to retire after a few minutes of treatment.

Sathiyan, on the other hand, quelled the challenge of local paddler Manav Thakkar 4-1 in a fast-paced encounter.