44th Hong Kong International Open
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27th June, Hong Kong: 2018 ABF Tour Macau leg first runner-up, Ryan Lalisang of Indonesia moved into second position of the Men's Open Masters overseas qualifying pool at the 44th Hong Kong International Open as Thailand's Yanee Saebe took over the lead of the Women's Open division.


Lalisang, who won the 2016 Hong Kong Masters title, posted two consistent 3-games series of 718 and 711 to leapfrog into second in the top bracket with 1429. Overnight leader, Lee Tak Man of Macau remained in the lead with 1433. Joining the duo was 2017 Philippine Open champion, Kenneth Chua of Philippines in third with 1423.

In the local pool, 2018 Macao-China Open fourth runner-up, James Lui also remained in pole position with superb effort of 1451. Last year's Youth Open champion, Ivan Tse made the local top 3 bracket by taking up second with 1433 while ex-national, Wicky Yeung, who rolled the tournament's only 300, slipped to third with 1409.

Defending champion, Ammar Tarad of Saudi Arabia, who would automatically qualify for Stage 1 finals, has made attempts to move into the top bracket to earn the bye. He has 730 and 644 for a total of 1374.

The Saudi headed the mixed pool as the cut in tenth position was raised by 21 from 1325 after last night's late squad to 1346 held by India's Shabbir Dhankot. As the qualifying rounds move into its final day tomorrow, the cut could well be as much as 1380.



2016 Hong Kong Open champion, Ryan Lalisang


The top 3 overseas pool qualifiers and the top 3 local pool qualifiers would earn a bye and automatically advance to the Stage 2 finals. The top 3 national seeded qualifiers, local qualifiers positioned 4 to 9, overseas qualifiers positioned 4 to 12, qualifiers positioned 1 to 12 from the mixed pool, the winner of the Hong Kong Cup, top 3 qualifiers from the one-game desperado squad together with the defending champion totalling 33 finalists will contest the Stage 1 finals on June 29.

The top 18 with the highest pinfall after the 8-games Stage 1 finals together with the 6 seeded qualifiers will advance to Stage 2 for another 8 games. The top 6 with the highest pinfall at the end of Stage 2 will proceed to the Stepladder Shootout finals.


Meanwhile, Yanee Saebe of Thailand took over pole position in the Women's Open division with 1341. Two Malaysians, Radin Nur Najwa and 2018 Macao-China Open second runner-up, Nerosha Keligit finished second and third with 1340 and 1339 respectively.

2018 Macao-China third runner-up, Hee Kar Yen of Malaysia missed the top bracket by 5 pins to take up fourth as Kantaporn Singhabubpha of Thailand completed the top 5 overseas qualifiers with 1334 and 1319.

2017 World Championships Singles bronze medallist, Chan Shuk Han retained top spot of the local pool with a moderate 1197 followed by Joey Yip in second with 1154. Milki Ng, who is also the top local seeded qualifier, earn a bye after finishing third with 1146.

2017 ABF Tour Hong Kong leg champion, Nadia Pramanik of Indonesia headed the mixed pool with 1279 as the cut in ninth position went to this year's Philippine Open champion, Liza Del Rosario of Philippines with 1242.



Women's Open overseas pool leader, Yanee Saebe

The top 3 overseas pool qualifiers and the top 3 local pool qualifiers would earn a bye and automatically advance to the Stage 2 finals. The top 3 national seeded qualifiers, local qualifiers positioned 4 to 9, overseas qualifiers positioned 4 to 10, qualifiers positioned 1 to 10 from the mixed pool, the winner of the Hong Kong Cup, top 3 qualifiers from the one-game desperado squad together with the defending champion totalling 24 finalists will contest the Stage 1 finals on June 29.

The top 16 with the highest pinfall after the 8-games Stage 1 finals together with the 6 seeded qualifiers will advance to Stage 2 for another 8 games. The top 6 with the highest pinfall at the end of Stage 2 will proceed to the Stepladder Shootout finals.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Macau, China.


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