"This is the happiest day of my life so far," said the champion, Benchawan, whose best effort was finishing third in last year's Youth Challenge here in Bangokok. "I've to thank my coach, Terdporn Manopiboon, who switched me from a straight ball player to spinning."
Benchawan reached the finals after edging Hong Kong's Katharine Lau, 183-181 in the first semi-final. The champion had ousted Korea's Park Jin Hee, 188-166 and then went on to edge her more experience compatriot, Gunnalada Aree, 189-186 in Round 2.
Tang, who also won this year's ABF Tour Tournament of Champions women's title in Jakarta, had cruised through Round 1 and 2 and India's Sabeena Saleem, 177-149 to reach the finals.
The ABF Tour Thailand leg was broadcast LIVE over True Vision and the highlights will be telecast over the seven countries where the tour will be held this year. The next stop will be the Saudi leg which will be held on May 9.
For further information and details, please contact ABF Tour Committee at Tel: +852 2893 6039, Fax: +852 2893 6290; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Bangkok.