Paddlers have it easy on Day 1
Gold Coast: Indian paddlers started their campaign with comprehensive wins in all their group matches in the team event of the Commonwealth Games here on Thursday.
The men's team got the better of Northern Ireland and Trinidad and Tobago thrashing them both 3-0 while the women's team defeated Sri Lanka and Wales 3-0, 3-1 respectively.
In the second match of the men's team against Northern Ireland World No 46 Gnanasekaran Sathiyan gave India the early lead crushing Ashley Robinson 11-4, 11-6, 11-4 in the first singles before India's most experienced paddler, Sharath Kamal, outclassed Paul McCreery in straight sets 11-6, 11-8, 11-4.
The duo of Sathiyan and Harmeet Desai then beat the pairing of Zak Wilson and McCreery 11-2, 9-11, 11-5, 11-7, giving India their second victory of the day.
Earlier, in the men's opening match against Trinidad and Tobago Anthony Amalraj struggled a little in the first singles but managed to beat Dexter St. Louis 11-5, 3-11, 11-2, 14-12 before.