Big wins for top seeds Japan and India
Hero Hockey World League Round 2 2013 – women's day one round-up
Russia – Malaysia 1-3 (half-time: 0-1)
Malaysia produced a slight upset to the world rankings as they withstood plenty of Russian pressure in what could be a key result come the end of the tournament. Siti Rahmah Othman put the 22nd ranked side in front in the ninth minute from a neat penalty corner deflection but here side rode their luck thereafter. Ekaterina Shaburova’s penalty stroke flashed wide five minutes into the second half and Russia were rocked from the next attack when Noor Hasliza Mohamad Din chipped in. Tamara Ivanova’s corner goal gave Russia hope 12 minutes from time but, on the counter attack, Fazilla Sylvester Silin pounced for an insurance goal.
India – Kazakhstan 8-0 (half-time: 4-0)
Second seeds India made their statement of intent with four goals in each half overwhelming Kazakhstan with Jaspreet Kaur scoring a quartet of set piece goals. She started the run in the eighth minute before Rani netted a brilliant backhand shot, what would be the first of her three goals. Kaur’s second corner goal and another from Rani extended the lead to four at half-time. Two more corner goals and a final hooter penalty stroke from Kaur augmented Soundraya Yendala’s field goal for the magic eight.
Japan – Fiji 14-0 (half-time: 8-0)
Shiho Sakai top-scored for top seeds Japan as they ran out comfortable winners over Fiji to get their tournament off to the perfect star, seeing off Fiji. She started the goal-rush from the penalty spot just three minutes in before Aki Mitsuhashi added another couple by the 14th minute and from there, the Pacific islanders – the tournament low-rank at 59th in the world – had no way back.Back