45th Hong Kong International Open
Malaysians continue to dominate
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18th July, Hong Kong: Malaysians continued to dominate on the final day of qualifying at the 45th Hong Kong International Open with Tun Hakim shooting the tournament's fourth 300 to lead the Men's Open division and Nur Syazwani Sahar topped the Women's table.

The 2018 World Men's Championships Doubles gold medallist, who was in ninth in the Mixed pool yesterday with 1325, improved his lower series with 300, 239 and 264 for a stunning 803 series moving the Malaysian into second spot with a six-game total of 1485.

Hakim made another attempt earlier today reeling in 280, 216, 268 for another sizzling 764 series to seal top spot with 1567. Overnight leader and 2019 Malaysian Open champion, Ahmad Muaz settled for second with 1511.

Newly-crowned EBT Masters champion and 2018 World Men's Championships Singles gold medallist, Rafiq Ismail made up Malaysia's domination by taking up third with 1481. 2019 ABF Tour Macau winner, Lee Tak Man of Macau and Enzo Hernandez of Philippines were relegated to fourth and fifth spots with 1469 and 1466 respectively.

Men's Open Top 3 Qualifiers, Ahmad Muaz, Tun Hakim and Rafiq Ismail

2017 World Championships Trios gold medallist, Eric Tseng remained firmly in pole position of the local pool with 1503. First perfect gamer, Wicky Yeung also retained second spot with 1471 while Michael Mak lepfrog into third position with an improved 1450.

The top 3 overseas and top 3 local qualifiers will skip Stage 1 Masters finals and advance automatically into Stage 2 Masters finals scheduled for July 20.

Local qualifiers positioned 4 to 9, overseas qualifiers positioned 4 to 12, the top 12 qualifiers in the Mixed pool, together with two local seeded qualifiers, the defending champion and the top 3 qualifiers from the Desperado squad will contest the 8-games Stage 1 Masters finals tomorrow.

2018 Macao-China Open champion, Nur Syazwani Sahar of Malaysia took over the lead with 1416 pushing down overnight leader, Alexis Sy of Philippines into second spot with 1397. 2015 ABF Tour Macau leg champion, Veronica De Souza of Macau made up the top 3 overseas qualifiers with 1376.

Ex-Hong Kong international, Joey Yip remained unchallenged to retain the lead in the local pool with 1253. 2017 World Championships Singles bronze medallist, Chan Shuk Han finished second with 1239 while Jackie Sun occupied third spot with 1221. The top 3 overseas and top 3 local qualifiers will also skip Stage 1 Masters finals.

Nur Syazwani leading the Women's Open division

Local qualifiers positioned 4 to 7, overseas qualifiers positioned 4 to 10, the top 10 qualifiers in the Mixed pool together with the two local seeded qualifiers and the defending champion will contest the 8-games Stage Masters finals tomorrow. Qualifying for the Youth Open will end at the 8.30pm squad while qualifying for the rest will end with the last squad at 10.30pm. The one-game Desperado squad will be held immediately after.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Hong Kong.

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