23rd June, Macau: Newly-crowned Hong Kong Open Masters champion, Joey Yip of Hong Kong staked her claim for another title by topping the Women's Open Masters qualifying standings at the 2023 Macao-China International Open while Macau's Zoe Dias Ma led the Men's local pool.
Yip, who took the Hong Kong Open title just last week, had an early lead on Wednesday, June 21 with 1273 from two best sets of 684 and 589. Shin Hye Bin of KNSU, Korea topped the board temporarily with 1313 this afternoon.
But the ex-Hong Kong international improved her lower set with 633 during the 4.00pm squad to regain the lead and taking her 6-game aggregate total to 1317. Shin settled for second while Hong Kong's Gloria Yung earned third spot with 1249.
In the local front, national bowler Hui Tong remained in the lead with an improved 1288 to lead Hong Kong Open second runner-up and compatriot, Veronia De Souza in second with 1269. Lou Si Hang occupied third spot with 1202.
Both the top 3 local and top 3 overseas qualifiers will earn a bye and skip Round 1 finals tomorrow. Local qualifiers positioned 4 to 6, overseas qualifiers positioned 4 to 7, mixed pool qualifiers positioned 1 to 13 together with the defending champion will contest the 8-game Round 1 finals tomorrow afternoon.
The top 12 with the highest pinfalls at the end of Round 1 will advance to Round 2, joined by the six seeded qualifiers for another 8 games in Round 2 on Sunday. The top 6 at the end of Round 2 will then proceed to the stepladder shootout finals. The cut for the women's open division in 13th position in the mixed pool was Tam Wing Siu of Hong Kong with 1018.
Meanhwile, Zoe Dias Ma of Macau improved his earlier 6-game tally of 1383 with 1461 to firmed up his pole position. Dias Ma, who rolled a perfect game last week during the Hong Kong qualfying rounds, also topped the overseas pool then but ended in a disappointing 19th position in Round 2.
He will be hoping to make amends and do well this time round. Newly-crowned Macao Cup champion, Lee Tak Man could not improve his 6-game total of 1377 and was content with second. Lei Hok Hin earned third spot with 1352.
Newly-crowned Hong Kong Masters champion and overnight leader, Tun Hakim of Malaysia remained unbeaten to take top spot in the overseas pool with a whopping 1496. Thailand's Napat Buspanikonkul shot a stunning 772 to move into second position with 1459.
Two-time Macao Open champion (2014 and 2015), Tomoyuki Sasaki of Japan shot the tournament's second perfect game yesterday but failed to improve. He made a final attempt this afternoon and managed to increase his 6-game tally to 1457 and sealing third position.
Both the top 3 local and top 3 overseas qualifiers will earn a bye and skip Round 1 finals tomorrow. Local qualifiers positioned 4 to 10, overseas qualifiers positioned 4 to 10, mixed pool qualifiers positioned 1 to 12 together with the defending champion will contest the 8-game Round 1 finals tomorrow morning.
The top 18 with the highest pinfalls at the end of Round 1 will advance to Round 2, joined by the six seeded qualifiers for another 8 games in Round 2 on Sunday. The top 6 at the end of Round 2 will then proceed to the stepladder shootout finals.
The cut for the men's open division in 12th position in the mixed pool went to Shin Sung Min of Korea with 1360. Joel Tan (257) and Timothy Tham )245) of Singapore and Choo Si On (236) of Korea qualified as the top 3 finishers in the desperado squad.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Macau, China.