HONG KONG began their defence of the women's team title at the Commonwealth Championships in Hyderabad, India in emphatic fashion - beating New Zealand 3-0. Led by world number seven, Chai Po-wa, the territory got off to a flying start in their opening Group A match, reaching the second round of the preliminary league phrase. Chai, who is favourite to retain her singles title next week, scored a comprehensive 21-8, 21-6 triumph over Melanie Low. The territory rested their number two player, Chan Tan-lui, and decided to put on number three, Chan Suk-yuen. And the youngster did not disappoint as she swept past Tracy Eppes 21-13, 21-15 to hand Hong Kong the tie. Chai and Chan Tan-lui then combined to play the ''dead rubber'' in the doubles and were far too strong for Eppes and Low, winning 21-8, 21-10. Hong Kong's path to the second round was made easier by the fact that Nigeria and Tanzania had withdrawn. Hong Kong and New Zealand will be joined by England, Scotland, Canada, Malaysia, Australia and hosts India in the quarter-finals. Hong Kong women's coach, Cheung Sau-ying, was pleased that the territory had won their opening match with such ease. ''The Hong Kong girls are all in good form and very fit. I couldn't be happier with that. They had 10 days of intensive training in Beijing and they look quite sharp,'' she said. The Hong Kong men's team, meanwhile fared poorly. With number one player, Chan Chi-ming being the only experienced player in the side, Hong Kong lost 5-3 to Australia and 5-1 to Canada.