28th East Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships
Hong Kong off to a great start
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16th September, Yancheng: 2013 ABF Tour Hong Kong champion, Milki Ng of Hong Kong got off to a great start after topping the Women's Singles preliminaries of the 28th East Asian Tenpin Bowling Champiopnships to advance to the semi-finals as topseed.

2017 Asian Intercity Championships four gold medallist, Peng Rui of China A team got off the block with a sizzling 267 in her opening game to lead 2017 World Championships Singles bronze medallist, Chan Shuk Han of Hong Kong by 31 pins.

A second Chinese, Li Qing was third with 233 followed by another Hong Kong national, Gigi Leung in fourth with 232. Ng was fifth with 220 but added a stunning 290 in her second game to leapfrog into the lead.

Peng slipped behind Ng with 204 to trail by 39 pins with Chan also dropping down to third. Ng kept a blistering pace with another good game of 233 in the third to extend her lead to 51 pins as Peng bounced back slightly with 211.

Milki Ng advancing to the semi-finals as topseed

Despite managing only 173 in the fourth game, the Hong Kong national held on to her lead albeit seeing the gap being reduced to 29 pins. Peng remained in second while Chinese Taipei's Wang Ting-Wen made good progress to take up third position.

Ng wrapped up the preliminaries with 200 and 218 to claim top spot with 1324. Kong Min of China A fired back-to-back 225s before ending with 189 to snatch second spot with 1251. Peng hung on to third position with 1231.

Korea's Hong Hyeong Jeong stormed home with 241 to clinch the fourth and final semi-finals spot with 1212. Wang missed the cut for the semi-finals by 18 pins to finish fifth with 1194. Ng will face the Korean while the other semi-finals will be an all-Chinese tie between Kong and Peng.

The winner of the semi-finals will meet in the final for the first gold medal of the championships later this evening. The losers of the semi-finals will be awarded a bronze medal each.

The men will contest their Singles event divided into two squads with the first squad at 1.30 pm local time and the second squad scheduled at 5.30 pm. The top 4 finishers from the combined scores will advance to the knockout semi-finals.

Top 4 semi-finalists, Kong Min, Milki Ng, Peng Rui and Hong

Photos by Terence Yaw in Yancheng, China.

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