ISLAMABAD - Defending champions Pakistan started their title defence in great style, as they brushed aside Singapore 3-0 in the inaugural match of Group-B of the Buler 17th Asian Senior Squash Team Championship in Hong Kong on Wednesday.

Pakistani females went down fighting against hosts Hong Kong in the opening match. Maria came very close to record upset victory against world number 24 Joey Chan.

According to information made available here, Danish Atlas played the first match against Marcus. Danish took some time to settle down in the first game and first leveled the score 7-7 and then went on to take the game 11-9. Danish came strongly against his opponent winning next two games 11-1, 11-2 to give Pakistan 1-0 lead. Farhan Zaman played second and crucial match against Vivian Rhamana. Farhan was too good for the little known Vivian as he completely dominated in all the three games winning by 11-5, 11-5, 11-5.

In the third and final match of the day, Pakistan's top squash player Nasir Iqbal faced Samual Kang. Samual gave a real tough ride to Nasir and stretched him to the limit before going down fighting as the score was 12-10, 11-4, 9-11, 11-0. This scribe had clearly mentioned Nasir was not fit enough for big matches and it would be very hard for him to play long matches, but Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) insisted that Nasir was perfectly fine and rubbished all injury concerns. But the reality is very harsh as if Nasir can't handle a lowly-ranked completely unknown player, how could it be possible for him to even think about winning against major opponents in the next matches?

Pakistan men's team will play two matches today (Thursday). In the morning session, they will take on South Korea and in the evening session, they will face Macau, China.

In the female category, Sammer Anjum played the opening match against Tong Tsz Wing. Sammer looked completely off coloured as she failed to handle big-match pressure and lost it without any resistance, which was quite surprising as she topped the trial matches in Pakistan defeating all the top players. Sammer lost the first game 2-11, second 0-11 and third 1-11.

Pakistan's most experienced female player Muqaddas Ashraf played the second match against Liz Tsz Ling, which was a must win one to keep Pakistan's hope alive in the tie. Muqaddas played resisted well in the first game before going down 9-11. But after playing a very tough first game, she ran out of steam and lost the second game 4-11 and third 3-11. Pakistan's top Canadian-based female player Maria Toor played the third and last match against world number 24 Joey Chan. Hong Kong suffered body blow just before the start of the event as their top player and world number 11 Anny Au got injured and was replaced. There is a slight chance she might play any role in the entire event.

Maria showed her class why she is rated so highly by the PSF, as she much to the surprise of pack to capacity crowd won the first game 11-9. It was all Joey Chan in the next two games as she won 11-4 and 11-8. Maria again showed her fighting qualities and took the fourth game 12-10 to take the match into fifth and deciding game. Maira remained unlucky not to register a highly-deserving victory as she was 10-9 up and serving for the match, but great credit to Joey Chan, who first levelled the game at 10-10 and then went onto take the game 12-10 to win the match. Pakistani females will take on China in the second match today (Thursday).

Meanwhile, biggest upset of the event was witnessed in the male category, as Kuwait inflicted a shocking 2-1 defeat on hosts and No 4 seeds Hong Kong.