Meanwhile Sharon Limansantoso of Indonesia, who had hung on to win the round with 1671. Several finalists traded the lead for the first three games before the Limansantoso picked up her pace to move into the lead midway through the round.
Joy Yap of Singapore claimed second position with 1657. Yanee Saebe of Thailand finished third, a further 46 pins away. Alisha Nabila of Indonesia and 2016 Chinese Taipei champion, Huang Chiung Yao rounded out the top five.
The top 18 men and top 15 women will be joined by the top three local and top three overseas qualifiers for another eight games in Stage 2 to determine the top six men and women advancing to the stepladder shootout finals.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Hong Kong.