7th September, Bangkok: Park Sang Jin of Korea and Jazreel Tan of Singapore topped the Men's and Women's Open overall qualifying standings of the 46th MWA-Singha Thailand International Open before the final squad unlikely to make any impact to the final table.
Overnight overseas pool leader and second to the overall leader, Annop Arromsaranon of Thailand after two blocks, started off well with 226 but was unable to overtake the Arromsaranon when the Thai shot 224. The Korean added a stronger 12th game of 239 to take over top spot from Arromsaranon.
The new leader reeled in impressive 231, 226 and ended his qualifying round with 279 to firm up top position with 3596. Two Korean compatriots, Won Jong Hyeok and Shin Sung Min were equally impressive to finish second and third with 2477 and 3474 respectively.
Arromsaranon faded off but will still earn an automatic qualification into Round 3 finals as the top local. Yannaphon Larpapharat and Supakrit Wantasuk joined Arromsaranon as the top three local qualifiers in second and third.
In Squad A, Timmy Tan of Malaysia scorched the lanes with big games of 278 and 269 in the 12th and 13th to move into top spot. The Malaysian ended the block in the lead with 3541 and crucially making second position overall. His team-mate, Hafiz Zainuddin also had a superb block to finish second to Tan and snatching third position in the overall standings with 3490 thereby earning the automatic qualification into Round 3 finals as the top three Overseas Pool qualifiers.
In the Women's Open division, Singapore dominated the overall standings by taking up the top three Overseas Pool qualifying positions. Overnight leader, Jazreel Tan ended the final block with 3370 followed by Shayna Ng in second with 3286.
Colleen Pee topped Squad D to take up third position overall with 3247. Day 1 leader, Sin Li Jane of Malaysia was unable to make any impact to the standings in the subsequent Squad A, managing only 3166 behind her team-mate, Natasha Roslan, who led the squad with 3194. Both ended in fifth and sixth positions in the overall standings.
The top three Women's Open local qualifiers are 21st Asian Junior All-Events gold medallist, Ramita Sarntong with 2932 followed by Nisanart Taseethong in second with 2745. Chawakorn Wutti claimed third position with 2714.
Positions 7 to 26 in the Men's Open division plus four from desperado squad and positions 7 to 22 in the Women's Open division plus four from desperado squad will contest Round 2 finals over six games. The top 14 based on total pinfalls will advance to Round 3 finals, joined by the six seeded qualifiers from the overall standings.
The top 10 based on total pinfalls will advance to Round 3 finals, joined by the six seeded qualifiers from the overall standings for another 6 games. The top 6 men and top 6 women will advance to the stepladder shootout finals.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Bangkok, Thailand.
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