"I had to give up the Singles bronze medal at the last SEA Games in Singapore because my team-mates won the gold and the silver according to the rules of the championships," said Tan during the interview with the press.
"So this time, I made sure it was not going to happen again and I put in more effort after I realised I was leading. I'm glad I managed to do it and come away with the first gold medal for my country."
But the show belong to Malaysian veteran, Shalin Zulkifli, who at the age of 38 and in her eighth SEA Games appearance, rolled ninth consecutive stikes and looked set to roll the first perfect game of the championship.
But she eventually ended with 266 to leapfrog into third position and snatched the bronze medal with 1297, just three pins shy of Li Jane. Ng posted 228 in her sixth and final game but missed the podium by seven pins with 1290. New rounded out the top 5 with 1286.