P V Sindhu and Lakshya Sen advanced to semifinals of India Open badminton on Friday.Sindhu beat Ashmita Chaliha 21-7,21-18.Lakshya Sen had a hard fought 14-21,21-9,21-14 win over compatriot H S Prannoy.Aakarshi Kashyap beat Malvika Bansod to reach her first ever BWF semifinal.Second seeded men’s doubles pair of Satwik SaiRaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty also reached last four.
Australia will detain World no.1 Novak Djokovic this weekend after his visa was cancelled for the second time by Immigration minister Alex Hawke on Friday.It is now a big blow for the Serbian in his quest for winning record 21st Grand Slam title.
South Africa won the test series against India 2-1 after winning the deciding test by 7 wickets at Capetown on Friday.In Hobart, Australia made 241/6 against England at stumps on day one of the fifth and final Ashes test.
Lionnel Messi will miss PSG’s Ligue 1 home game against Stade Brestois on Saturday as he continues his recovery from Covid-19.
By Shailesh Padhye