Japan defeated India in the first game of the FIBA Women's Asia Cup ©Getty Images

Japan started the defence of their title with a dominant victory over India on the opening day of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Women's Asia Cup in Jordan.

Kiho Miyashita was the top point scorer with 27 to her name, supported by her team mate Saori Miyazaki who provided 12 assists in a 136-46 victory.

South Korea also won in Group A, defeating New Zealand 85-69.

Isaem Choi scored 29 points with eight rebounds and two assists to be the winning side's star player.

Although starting with a defeat, Penina Davidson's performance of 21 points with 11 rebounds will be encouraging for New Zealand.

China had a similarly wide margin of victory in their opening game against Philippines, with the score finishing 143-52.

The winners had eight players score 10 points or more, with Liwei Yang netting the most with 21.

Yueru Li, Xu Han and Ru Zhang all scored at least 15 points to show the threat that can be found across the team.

Australia also got off to a winning start in Group B with a 76-65 win over Chinese Taipei with Darcee Garbin scoring 15 to lead the points.