Overall good start for Indians

Joshna Chinappa - Saurav Ghosal

Kuala Lumpur: Reigning champion Joshna Chinappa and men's top seed Saurav Ghosal breezed past their second round opponents to make a bright start to their campaign on Wednesday, the opening day of the Asian Individual Squash Championship here.

Joshna's match , which was almost at the fag end of a hectic day's schedule, saw the Indian get past Taipei's Hu Lu Yung Li comfortably at 11-3, 11-3, 11-3. Joshna had a bye in the first round like Ghosal later. The Indian, who had finished finalist in the previous edition held two years ago in Chennai, had a sprightly second round opponent in David William Peline of Philippines. Coach Harinder Pal Sandhu reported that initially the match went at fast pace with the Philipino matching stroke for stroke. But consistency was Ghosal's forte and that helped the Indian to carve out a comfortable 11-5, 11-2 11-2 win.

It was a good day for the Indian women for aside from Joshna, Tanvi Khanna, Sunayna Kuruvilla and Aparajitha Balamurukan progressed to the third round. All of them had a bye in the first round and except Sunayna, the rest had things easy. Sunayna had to take in her stride a first game loss to Korea's Choe Yu-Ra before carving out a 13-15, 11-5, 11-4, 11-7 win. Sunayna's ability to hit the four corners and bring variations in the mid-court helped her as the contest hotted up. Tanvi Khanna was the first to take the court today and she doused the enthusiasm of the swift moving Korean Kim Ga Hye in straight games 11-4, 11-5, 11-6. Aparajitha accounted for Sri Lankan Yeheni Kuruppu easily at 11-3, 11-1, 11-1.

The day's lone reverse came early through Abhishek Pradhan who had a first round bye but went down to Iranian Sajad Zareian Jahromy in what was a close match. The Iranian was quick to reel away points but though Abhishek did well to catch up, the final moments saw the Sajad controlling things in his favour. The Iranian won 11-8, 13-11, 11-3.