SINGAPORE - A new name was written onto the honour roll of the Asian Women's Hockey Champions Trophy on Saturday (Nov 5) when India beat China 2-1in the final.
India, the world No. 12 team, scored through defender Deep Ekka from a penalty corner in the 13th minute and controlled most of the first half at the Sengkang Hockey Stadium.
But the Chinese side, ranked eighth in the world but with a developmental squad in Singapore, attacked in waves in the third quarter.
Their pressure was rewarded in the 44th min when Zhong Mengling equalised from close range.
The Indians would have the last laugh though as forward Deepika rifled in a shot in the closing stages of the final to seal a dramatic win for India.
China had beaten India 3-2 on Friday in the pool stage to book their place in the final. Both teams have been losing finalists in the Champions Trophy. China lost the 2011 final to South Korea and India finished runner-up in 2013.
The inaugural edition of the tournament in 2010 was won by host South Korea, who defended their title a year later in Ordos, China. Japan then won the 2013 tournament on home soil.
In the earlier third/fourth-place play-off, goals from Minami Shimizu and captain Maki Sakaguchi earned Japan a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over South Korea and the bronze medal.