Indian squash player Joshna Chinappa


India's men's and women's squash teams started their Asian Games campaign with easy wins in the team event here on Tuesday. The third-seeded Indian women's team, comprising veteran Joshna Chinappa, 15-year-old Anahat Singh and Tanvi Khanna, defeated Pakistan 3-0 in their opening Pool B match, while the men's team defeated Singapore and Qatar by an equal margin of 3-0. Anahat, who is making her Asian Games debut in the women's category, defeated Sadia Gul 16-11, 6-11, 6-11 in 3 minutes.

Veteran Joshna, playing in the sixth edition of the Asian Games, took just 11 minutes to beat Noor ul Huda Sadia 2-11, 5-11, 7-13. Tanvi then defeated Noor ul In Ijaz 11-3, 11-6, 11-2 to establish Indian dominance. The top two teams each from Pool A and Pool B will qualify for the semi-finals. Pool B consists of India and Pakistan, Malaysia, China and Nepal.

In the men's section, top-seeded India defeated Singapore 3-0 in their opening match. Harinder, who is returning from injury, was given a tough fight by Singapore's Jerome Clement in the opening match, but the Indian player won the match that lasted 39 minutes 11-4, 13-11, 8-11, 11-7. Like Joshna, top Indian player Saurav Ghosal, competing in his sixth Asian Games, defeated Samuel Kang 11-9, 11-1, 11-4 while Abhay Singh defeated Marcus Fua 1-7, 11-7, 11-7 in straight games.

Against Qatar, Mahesh Mangaonkar started with a 11-7, 11-4, 11-1 win over Altami Ahmed, followed by Ghosal defeating Altamimi Abdullah 11-1, 5-11, 11-5, 11-3, while Abhay Singh defeated Amjad Syed 13-11, 8-11, 11-9, 11-2. Pool A features India, Singapore and Qatar, besides Pakistan, Kuwait and Nepal. The Indian men's team will face Pakistan on Wednesday.