Thailand got their campaign off to a flying start, outclassing India 3-0 in their Fed Cup Asia/Oceania Zone Group I opening match at the True Arena Hua Hin here.

In the opening singles match in Pool A, World No.629 Bunyawi Thamchaiwat stunned India’s 399th-ranked Prerna Bhambri 6-2, 7-5 on Wednesday.

Thailand’s star player and World No.149 Luksika Kumkhum outclassed the world no.307 Ankita Raina 7-6 (5), 6-3 in the second singles to give the hosts a 2-0 lead in the tie.

India failed to stage a comeback as Thailand’s Kamonwan Buayam-Peangtarn Plipuech defeated the Indian combination of Prerna Bhambri and Prarthana G. Thombare 6-7(6), 6-2, 6-4 to win the tie 3-0.

The other teams in Pool A are Uzbekistan and Japan. Uzbekistan defeated Japan 2-1.

Pool B comprises Kazakhstan, China, South Korea and Chinese Taipei. Kazakhstan beat South Korea 3-0 while Chinese Taipei defeated China 2-1.

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