2018 Macao-China International Open
Hong Kong national takes over lead
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21st June, Macau: Hong Kong national team member, Ernest Kwok rolled a stunning 3-games series of 782 to take over the lead of the Men's Open Masters standings on the final qualifying day of the 2018 Macao-China International Open with 1534 pinfall.

Kwok, who was ninth in the reserved pool with 1426, improved his lower score of 674 with 782 and leapfrog into the lead with a 6-game tally of 1534. His fine effort finally dislodged overnight leader and second perfect gamer, Pak Kyung Rok of Korea into second spot on 1528.

A second Korean, Hwang Sung Hyun slipped down to third with 1507. India's Dhruv Sarda improved his lower 3-games series with 733 to briefly take up third spot with 1503 only to drop to fourth when Kwok went into the lead.

2018 Thailand Open Men's Grade A champion and a third Korean, Lee Won Seok dropped out of the top 3 bracket to round out the top 5 with 1501. There were no changes atop the local pool with Zoe Dias Ma, Lei Hok Hin and Lee Tak Man occupying the top 3 spots.

New Men's Open Masters qualifying leader, Ernest Kwok

Abdulrahman Alkehlawi of Saudi Arabia headed the mixed pool with 1490. Numerous bowlers made the cut today notably, 2017 Penang Pesta Open champion, Ryan Lalisang of Indonesia up to fourth in the mixed pool with 1477.

Newly-crowned Senior Masters champion, Mi Zhong Li of China also made the cut 10th in the mixed pool with 1470. The cut has been raised to 1455 shared by Syaffique Ikhwan of Malaysia and Hardy Rachmadian of Indonesia.

The lead of the Women's Open division also changed hands. Japan's Misaki Mukotani improved her 3-game series of 669 with 734 to become the new leader with 1408, the first women to surpass the 1400-mark.

Leader for several days, Nerosha Keligit of Malaysia settled for second position with 1397 ahead of compatriot, Alisha Iman Cheong in third with 1365. A second Japanese, Nanami Irie slipped out of the top bracket into fourth position with 1335.

Kim Hyun A of Korea headed the mixed pool with 1310 while the cut in 15th position went to Shin In Seo of Korea with 1267. Thanchanok Vilailak of Thailand and Milki Ng of Hong Kong dropped out as a result. Three remaining squads remain as press time. A one-game desperado squad will be held to allow the top 3 highest score to join Round 1 finals after the last squad ends.

Seven local men qualifiers, seven overseas men qualifiers, 16 qualifiers from the mixed pool together with the three qualifiers from the desperado squad making up 33 qualifiers will contest Round 1 finals tomorrow morning.

Top Women's Open overseas pool qualifier, Misaki Mukotani

Four local women qualifiers, four overseas women qualifiers, 15 qualifiers from the mixed pool together with the defending champion makling up 24 qualifiers will contest Round 1 finals tomorrow afternoon.

The top 18 men with the higest pinfall and the top 12 women with the highest pinfall will advance to Round 2 finals joined by the 6 seeded men qualifiers and 6 seeded women qualifiers. The top 6 men and top 6 women at the end of Round 2 finals will proceed to the stepladder shootout finals.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Macau, China.

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