Indian eves got off to a roaring start at the Women’s Asia Cup 2017 with a dominating 10-0 victory over Singapore in Kakamigahara on Saturday.
Navneet Kaur (3rd & 41st minutes), Rani (15th & 18th) and Navjot Kaur (30th & 50th) netted the ball twice, while Lalremsiami (18th), Deep Grace Ekka (25th), Gurjit Kaur (41st) and Sonika (45th) scored once each to ensure India notched up winning points in their opening match of Pool A.
This is an important tournament for the Indian team as they look to confirm their spot at next year’s Women’s Hockey World Cup in London and newly-appointed Chief Coach Harendra Singh.
Chief Coach Harendra Singh is confident that his team can produce good performances against higher ranked teams in China, Korea and Japan when they face off in the upcoming tournament.
Earlier in the day, China beat Malaysia 5-4 in a closely fought encounter.
India go into the tournament as the 12th ranked team in the world and will be up against three other Asian teams who are ahead of them in the FIH World Rankings with China being ranked 8th, Korea 9th and Japan 11th.