India began on a positive note with both the men's and women's teams registering easy wins in their respective group openers in the Asian Team Squash championship at Chinese Taipei on Wednesday. The Indian men's team defeated Philippines 3-0, while the women's team beat Singapore by the same margin.
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In the men's section, Philippines made it a hard fight but India had the wherewithal to make it a simple win. Velavan Senthilkumar made the start, was initially overawed and dropped the first game but came back remarkably to sail past Rafa Yam. Harinder Pal Sandhu returning to big competition, looked comfortable even if he dropped a game against Robert. Kush Kumar next, however, signed off with a solid 3-0 victory over Reymark to complete the good work.
On Thursday, India has two matches in the men's section, first against Japan and later in the day against Macao. The women play the crucial match against Malaysia.
Men: India beat Philippines 3-0 (Velavan Senthilkumar bt Rafa Yam 8-11, 11-4, 11-7, 11-1; Harinder Pal Sandhu bt Robert Garcia 11-4, 11-5, 8-11, 11-7; Kush Kumar bt Reymark
(Courtesy SRFI media)