Tang Ya-Chun of Chinese Taichung set the pace with 216 in her opening game, just one pin ahead of Paranaque's Anne Marie Kiac and Wuhan's Liu Lian tieing in second and Koh Yang-Rye of Jeju, Korea in third.
Kiac added a splendid 226 in her second game to take over the lead while Tang slipped 14 pins behind the Filipina. Goh remained in third after the Korean knocked down 211. Kiac remained in the lead with a 193 in her third game with Goh moving up to second and Tang dropping down to third.
Peng Rui, who had a modest start with 202, stumbled to a lowly 159 in the second game but recovered with 238 in the third and then another sizzling 248 to leapfrog into the lead. The Korean also improved to take up second while Kiac was third.