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Emirati wins back-to-back titles

1st April, Kuwait:Hussain Al-Suwaidi of UAE turned on his wizardry to win the opening leg of the ABF Tour Kuwait 2010 with an easy victory over challenger, Chester King of the Philippines in the title match, 236-191 to claim the Kuwait title for the second consecutive time.

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Hussain Al-Suwaidi immediately settled into a blistering pace with four consecutive strikes from frame 2 onwards which put Filipino, Chester King on his back foot and trailing by 23 pins despite rolling a double in frames four and five.

Just when there could be a slim chance that King could mount a fight back, a poor split in the eighth frame more or less settled the tie in favour of the Emirati. Hussain cruised to an easy victory over the Filipino, 236-191 to claim the opening leg.

The victory was Hussain's second victory. The two-time Asia Ranked No. 1 won the same opening leg last year after finishing third in the preceeding Kuwait Open.

2010 Champion
Opening leg champion, Hussain Al-Suwaidi with the trophy

"I used a wrong bowling ball in the ABF Tour TOC and in the Kuwait Open which I regretted very much," said the 2009 Asia Ranked No. 1, Hussain Al-Suwaidi after the victory. "I changed to a different ball during the warm up and realised that I should have used it before.

"But it's a good start for ths year. I finished seventh in the Dubai Open and fifth in the Malaysian Open but I missed the last 16 cut in the Kuwait Open. This win made up for my disappointment slightly.

Hussain had earlier edged Kuwait Open first runnerup, Zulmazran Zulkifli of Malaysia, 205-195 in the first semi-finals to advance to the finals while King ousted local hopeful, Khaled Al-Dubyyan of Kuwait, 245-212 in the other semi.

The champion also rolled the highest game of the tour in the opening round when he thrashed tour debutant, Tomokatsu Yamashita of Japan, 258-196 and posted another big game when he beat Kuwait's Mohammed Kamel, 248-190 in Round 2.

Hussain receiving trophy
ABF President, Sheikh Talal presenting the trophy to Hussain

The runnerup edged Thailand's Yannaphon Larpapharat, 197-190 in his first round and humbled UAE's Naif Oqab, 217-162 in the second round.

The ABF Tour Kuwait leg was broadcast over LIVE over Kuwait TV and the highlights will be telecast over the eight countries where the tour will be held this year. The next stop will be the Saudi leg which will be held on April 9.

For further information and details, please contact ABF Tour Committee at Tel: +852 2893 6039, Fax: +852 2893 6290; Email: info@abftour.com.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Kuwait.

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