Playing their third match on the trot, the Indian eves were outplayed by the fit and fast Chinese who led 58-21 at half-time. The hosts could not match the pace of their opponents for whom Zengyu Ma played the lead role with 17 points with Xin Guan (15) providing quality support which helped the Chinese to score their third straight victory in the championship.Geetu Anna Jose, India’s main player, was tightly marked and that hampered the hosts badly.
With three defeats from as many matches India’s revised target at this tournament would be to retain their position in Level-1 that they had earned two years ago by coming through Level-II with an unbeaten record.
Results: Level I: China: 107 (Zengyu Ma 17, Dan Liu 15, Xin Guan 15, Hanlan Zhang 12) bt India: 49 (Anitha Pauldurai 14, Geethu Anna Jose 9, Prashanthi Singh 9); Japan: 94 (Yoshie Sakurada 17, Yuko Oga 13, Naomi Yashiro 11, Akkiko Obata 11, Al Mitani 11, Kumiko Yamada 10) bt Thailand: 60 (Juthamas Jantakan 16); Korea: 96 (Jung Eun Park 17, Kwe Ryong Kim 16, Sun Min Jung 15) bt Chinese Taipei: 55 (Chi-Wen Lin 12).
Level II: Philippines: 81 (Joan Grajales 22, Mereciana Arayi 20) bt Uzbekistan: 73 (Khusnitdinova 15, Guzal Bureiva 10); Malaysia: 71 (Siew Teng Ang 20, Yann Pee 16) bt Kazakhstan: 57 (Natalya Kuzmicheva 18, Lyudmila Sedova 11), Lebanon: 96 (Chantalie Anderson 22, Rebecca Akl 16) bt Sri Lanka: 54 (Premila Beruwalage 16, Inoka Juwan Pediga 11).