Muscat: India bounced back in style from their 0-2 defeat to Japan, thrashing Singapore 9-1 to book a place in the semifinals of the Women's Asia Cup hockey championship here on Monday.
By virtue of this win, India sealed a spot in the 2022 FIH Women's Hockey World Cup to be held in Spain and the Netherlands later this year.
In what turned out to be a goal-fest, Gurjit Kaur (8', 37', 48') bagged a hat-trick, Monika (6', 17') and Jyoti (43', 58') scored a brace, while Vandana Katariya (8') and Mariana Kujur (10') contributed a goal each to India's comprehensive victory. Li Min Toh (43') scored the only goal for Singapore.
India will take on South Korea in the semifinals at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex here on Wednesday.
India were quick to get off the blocks in the first quarter, making inroads into Singapore's circle with a structured attack and dominating the possession throughout the first 15 minutes.
The first goal came through Monika's clear-cut reverse flick in the sixth minute and in no time India went on to take a 3-0 lead, courtesy of goals from Vandana and Gurjit, who successfully converted a penalty corner in the eighth minute of the match.
In the next minute, the Indians earned their second penalty corner but Deep Grace Ekka's attempt was saved by Singapore goalkeeper Yu Tong Liu.
India bagged their fourth goal via young forward Mariana in the 10th minute. Pushing for more opportunities within the opponent's striking circle, India earned their third penalty corner in the final minutes of the first quarter, but Gurjit's attempt was blocked by Singapore's defenders.
The second quarter started similarly with India making moves in Singapore's half. They won a penalty corner in the second minute of the second quarter. Experienced Monika, who set the tempo of the match, made no mistake to score India's fifth and her second goal of the match.
Despite trailing for most of the time, Singapore regained some strength to nullify India's attack and saved as many as two penalty corners in the latter part of the second quarter. India won two penalty corners in the initial minutes of the second half, but couldn't convert the chances to extend their lead.
Continuing with their structured attack, India earned yet another penalty corner, which was duly converted by drag-flick specialist Gurjit in the 37th minute.
After having recovered themselves in the defence, Singapore earned a hard-fought penalty corner in the 43rd minute and managed to score the first goal with Li Min Toh's attempt.
However, India responded straight away with a goal from Jyoti, who smartly found the back of the net through a cross from the left flank making the scoreline 7-1 at the end of the third quarter.
Continuing to dominate the proceedings, India went on to add the eighth goal to their tally through Gurjit's penalty corner conversion in the 48th minute.
Jyoti went on to add her second goal to India's scoreline in the 58th minute, thus making it 9-1.