47th MWA-Singha Thailand International Open
Topseeds crowned champions
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29th July, Bangkok: Topseeds, Muhd Jaris Goh of Singapore and Nora Lyana Nastasia of Malaysia were crowned Men's and Women's Open Masters champions of the 47th MWA-Singha Thailand International which ended on Saturday evening.

Fourth-seed, Nevern Netaneel of Malaysia outclassed fifth-seed, Oh Byung Jun of Incheon, Korea and sixth-seed, Chanathip Prempree of Thailand 278-209-195 in the first Men's Stepladder match to advance to the next match.

Second-seed and top qualifier, Hong Hae Sol had started well in the match but suffered two splits in the game. Netaneel triumped after ousting Hong and compatriot, Muhammad Syazirol Shamsuddin, 200-184-193 to face the topseed.

But the Malaysian's fine run was ended by Jaris Goh with a 225-181 victory in the finals. The Singaorean pocketed the top prize of 350,000 Thai baht (approx. US$10,280) as champion. Netaneel took home 180,000 baht as first runner-up while Syazirol earned 90,000 baht as second runner-up.

Nora Lyana Nastasia and Muhd Jaris Goh with their prizes

Hong settled for 45,000, Oh 23,000 and Chanathip 20,000 respectively. Jaris Goh had ended the Round 3 finals with 1443 to advance to the Stepladder finals as topseed. Hong and Syazirol finished second and third with 1386 and 1374.

Netaneel, Oh and Chanathip made the cut in fourth to sixth positions with 1345, 1343 and 1324. Ahmad Aidil of Malaysia missed the cut by 20 pins in fifth while Round 2 winner, Hardy Rachmadian of Indonesia suffered a disasterous 149 in his final game to drop from third to sixth.

In the women's division, 2015 Thailand Open champion and topseed, Nora Lyana Nastasia took the title for the second time. But the Malaysian was forced into a second and title decider after she lost to third-seed and challenger, Jung Da Wun of Daejeon, Korea, 215-242 in the first game.

Natasia bounced back brilliantly to outclassed the Korean 235-193 to seal a well-deserved victory. Jung, the two-time world champion had earlier ousted two Malaysians, second-seed Esther Cheah and winner of the first match, Gillian Lim, 212-183-190 to earn a crack at the title.

Top 3 winners, Nevern Netaneel, Jaris Goh and Muhammad Syazirol

Lim had defeated fifth-seed, Oh Se Ri of Daejeon, Korea and Charmaine Chang of Singapore, 246-198-225 in the first match to advance to the second match. Nastasia completed the Round 3 finals with 1426 to advance to the Stepladder finals as topseed.

Cheah edged Jung for second with 1360 while Jung, who led for the first 3 games, settled for third with 1354. Lim, Oh and Chang made the cut in fourth to sixth positions. Four-time Singapore Open champion, Sin Li Jane of Malaysia missed the cut by 17 pins with 1265.

Nastasia claimed the top prize of 130,000 Thai baht (approx. US$3,800) as champion. Jung took home 65,000 baht and Lim 32,000 baht as first and second runners-up. Cheah, Chang and Oh earned 20,000, 15,000 and 10,000 baht respectively.

Mr Washirawat Powichit, Assistant Governor of Metropolotan Waterworks Authority was on hand to present the prizes to the winners. 134 men and 53 women totaling 187 participated in this year's championships held at Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl, Major Ceniplex, Ratchayothin.

Jung Da Wun, Nora Lyana Nastasia and Gillian Lim, the top 3 winners

Photos by Terence Yaw in Bangkok, Thailand.

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