Olympics Update: Sindhu, Mary Kom win their round 1; Panwar, Deepak crash out of 10 meter Air Rifle; India lose 1-7 to Australia in Tokyo Olympics
By Our Correspondent, 25/07/2021, New Delhi

In Olympics, the medal hopeful for the country, PV Sindhu won her women's singles first round match against Israel's Ksenia Polikarpova 21-7, 21-10.

Paddler Manika Batra registered a terrific comeback 4-3 win against Margaryta Pesotska of Ukraine in the second round of the women's singles table tennis event.

Batra came back from 2 games down to win the second round clash 4-11, 4-11, 11-7, 12-10, 8-11, 11-5, 11-7.

Indian Boxer and medal hope MC Mary Kom entered the round of 16 defeating Dominica's Hernandez Garcia Miguelina 4:1 in women’s flyweight category. Mary Kom won by split decision. 

In rowing, duo of Arvind Singh and Arjun Lal Jat qualified for the semi-finals of the lightweight men's double sculls event.

The Indian pair finished third in repechage-2 and sealed their place for the semi-finals.

However, in Shooting, Divyansh Singh Panwar and Deepak Kumar crashed out of the 10 meter Air Rifle Men Qualification event. 

In Table Tennis, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran of India lost to Hong Kong's Lam Siu Hang by 4-3 in the Men's singles event.

Sathiyan was 3-1 up after four sets but the lower-ranked Hong Kong mounted a comeback to win the next three consecutive sets.

In Tennis, India's women's pair of Sania Mirza and Ankita Raina lost their first round match against Ukraine's Kichenok twins -- Nadiia and Lyudmyla 6-0, 6-7.

Pranati Nayak, India's only Gymnast in Olympics also failed to qualify in women’s all-around qualification in the artistic gymnastic event.

India men's hockey team was not able to carry their winning momentum as the Manpreet Singh-led side stumbled to a defeat at the hands of Australia in their second Group A game in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics.

Australia defeated India 7-1, at the Oi Hockey Stadium North Pitch.

India will next take on Spain on Tuesday.