The Indian women paddlers got their campaign underway at the 2018 Asian Games on a winning note as with a 3-0 thumping of Qatar in a Pool A tie here on Sunday.
In the first affair, Mouma Das handed India a 1-0 lead as she registered a comfortable 11-3, 11-2, 11-4 victory over Maha Ali before Ayhika Mukherjee extended the lead 2-0.
Ayhika won the first game 11-2 but her opponent — Aia Mohamed — made a comeback in the second game winning it 12-10. Ayhika however, didn’t falter in the next two games and won it 11-2, 11-3.
Sutirtha Mukherjee then made the issue 3-0 as the 22-year-old paddler hammered Maha Faramarzi 11-3, 11-3, 11-6.
The Indian team will now take on China before facing Iran in their other group matches on Sunday.
Meanwhile, India’s Anu Raghavan and Jauna Murmu qualified for the women’s 400-metre hurdles final at the 2018 Asian Games here on Sunday.
Anu took a time of 56.77 seconds to finish at the third place in Heat 2, while Jauna clocked 59.20 seconds to take the fourth spot in Heat 1.
In the final list, Anu and Jauna were placed third and eighth respectively.
The final will be held on Monday.