Asia Cup women's hockey: India beat Singapore to reach semifinals, book spot in World Cup

Gurjit Kaur slammed a hat-trick while Monika and Jyoti scored a brace each as defending champions India defeated Singapore 9-1 to register their second win in Pool A and qualify for the semifinals of the women's Asia Cup hockey tournament on Monday.

The semifinal berth also confirms India's spot in the World Cup as top four teams from this tournament qualify for the event in July.

After drubbing Malaysia 9-0 in their opener, India suffered to an unexpected 0-2 loss against pool toppers Japan. But the team put their last match defeat behind and dished out a much coordinated display on Monday to beat Singapore.

Gurjit (8th, 37th, 48th) converted two penalty corners, while Monika (6th, 17th) and Jyoti (43rd, 58th) scored two field goals apiece. The other scorers for India were Vandana Katariya (8th) and Mariana Kujur (10th).

India will take on Pool B leaders Korea in the first semifinal on Wednesday, while Japan, who beat Malaysia 8-0 in another Pool B match, will be up against China in the other last four match.

As expected, a much superior India completely dominated the match from the word go and scored four goals in the first quarter. They took the lead in the sixth minute through a field goal by Monika. Two minutes later the Savita Punia-led side doubled their lead through Mariana Kujur before Vandana Katariya deflected in seconds later to extend their lead. Gurjit Kaur made it 4-0 by converting a penalty corner in the 10th minute.

India continued in the same vein in the second quarter and added another goal through Monika. It was raining penalty corners for India as they earned as many as 15 of them in the match but made use of just three, which would definitely be a cause of concern for chief coach Janneke Schopman.

Singapore managed just one shot at the Indian goal when they secured their only penalty corner which was converted by Toh Li Min.