Jaya Ancol Singles Championships 2018
Thai captures Open Masters title
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4th May, Jakarta: 2017 PBA-World Bowling Tour Thailand champion and top seed, Yannaphon Larpapharat of Thailand, needed only one match in the stepladder final to capture the Open Masters title of the Jaya Ancol Singles Championships 2018.

Both contenders started off with a split in their opening frame of the title match, but Yannaphon failed to convert into a spare while his challenger, Hardy Rachmadian of Indonesia managed to make the spare.

Rachmadian had control of the match when he rolled two consecutive strikes as the Thai could only strike and spare his next two frames. Another opened frame in the fourth swayed the tie toward the Indonesian.

But Yannaphon recovered brilliantly reeling in three-in-a-row in frames five to seven. Rachmadian could not respond and in addition suffered a costly opened frame in the seventh. Yannaphon then added four more strikes and an eight-pin count to take the title, 232-195.

Newly-crowned champion, Yannaphon Larpapharat with his tropy and cheque

The Thai, who topped the earlier 10-game finals with 2216 to advance to the stepladder finals, earned the top prize of 125 million Indonesian rupiah (approx. US$9,000) as champion. Rachmadian, who tied with compatriots, Hengki Susanto and Ryan Lalisang with 2046, won the one-game roll-off, 257-235-210 to earn the seventh position reserved for Indonesian to make the cut for the stepladder finals.

There was another one-game roll-off between two Hong Kong finalists after the pair tied in sixth position with 2116. Joshua Chow beat team-mate James Lui 201-168 to make the cut for the stepladder shootout.

Rachmadian, who picked up 70 million rupiah as first runner-up, won the first match against fifth-seed, Hassan Alshaikh of Saudi Arabia and sixth-seed Chow, 199-172-183 to advance to the next match.

The Indonesian defeated third-seed and newly-crowned Classified division Masters champion, Sukinto Wijaya of Indonesia and Youth division Masters champion, Muhammad Azizi Naim of Malaysia, 254-175-230 to challenge the second seed.

There was no stopping Rachmadian as he dispatched top qualifier and second-seed, Chong Jun Foo 247-188 to face the Thai in the title match. Chong, who settled for second runner-up, took home 35 million rupiah.

Top 3 winners, Hardy Rachmadian, Yannaphon and Chong Jun Foo

Sukinto, Muhammad Azizi, Alshaikh and Chow earned 20, 15, 10 and 9 million for finishing fourth to seventh positions respectively. Gatot Soedijono, committee member of Indonesian Bowling Federation presented the trophies and prizes to the top three winners.

The championship is sanctioned by Asian Bowling Federation and World Bowling attracting bowlers from Australia, Brunei, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Thailand and UAE.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Jakarta.

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