2019 Macao-China International Open
Hong Kong and China bag Grade A titles
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21st June, Macau: Leung Lok Tin of Hong Kong and 2018 East Asian CHampionships Team silver medallist, Li Qing of China bagged the Men's Grade A and Women's Grade Masters titles of the 2019 Macao-China International Open.

Debutant, Javier Lim Qian set a blistering pace with a stunning 266 to lead Ho Chok San of Macau by 19 pins as China's Peng U Xiang and Macau's Tang Kwan Kin also posted high games of 234 and 224 to take up third and fourth positions.

Lim added another sizzling 267 to extend his lead to 62 pins. Tang followed up with 247 to move into second. The Singaporean held his lead despite rolling only 197 but recovered with 212, 200, 201 and 192 in his next four games.

Tang continued to trail in second but managed to reduce the gap to 20 pins. Hong Kong's Leung Lok Tin had gradually moved his way up into third after posting back-to-back 220s. Both Lim and Tang ended with identical 181 but Leung romp home with a superb 278 to snatch victory with 1763.

Top 3 finishers, Javier Lim Qian, Leung Lok Tin and Tang Kwan Kin

Lim settled for second with 1716, 47 pins adrift while Tang slipped down to third with 1696. Macau's Fong Hong U and Hong Kong's Pang Ka Sing completed the top five with 1663 and 1652 respectively. Leung earned MOP$20,000 as champion with Lim taking home MOP$10,000. Tang pocketed MOP$5,000 while prizes were awarded up to eighth position.

The ending of the Women's Grade Masters finals was indeed a tense affair which saw the eighth and final game to decide the eventual champion. Li Qing set the early pace but was soon overtaken by Macau's So Cheng Lam.

So was battling for the lead with Li as Macau's Chan Hei Io kept pace with the leading duo. Chan led briefly for one game after the fourth but Li regained the lead thereafter to end the finals with 1576.

Chan had a chance to snatch victory if she had doubled up in her tenth frame but fell short to end with 233 for a total of 1566 for second position. Chan also had a chance to strike home in her tenth frame but ended with 232 to settle for third with 1565.

Li picked up the top prize of MOP$8,000 as champion leaving Chan with MOP$4,000 as first runner-up. So earned MOP$3,000 as second runner-up. Two Chinese, Kuang Jia Bao and Li Xia Hong rounded up the top 5 to take home MOP$2,000 and MOP$1,000 respectively.

Women's Grade Top 3, Chan Hei Io, Li Qing and So Cheng Lam

The Men's and Women's Open Round 2 Masters finals will be contested tomorrow morning. The top 6 men and top 6 women with the highest pinfalls after the eight games will proceed to the Stepladder Shootout finals.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Macau, China.

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