16th August, Kaohsiung: Left-handers dominated the Men's Open Round 1 finals of the 19th Kaohsiung International Open as Singapore's Alex Chong won the round ahead of Macau's Lee Tak Man in second and Hong Kong's Ernest Kwok in third.
2018 East Asian Championships triple bronze medallist, Kwok opened account with a splendid 257 to lead compatriot, Jimmy Cheung by nine pins with 2017 ABF Tour Chinese Taipei winner, Atchariya Cheng of Thailand in third.
Chong, who also started off well with 237 added a stunning 278 to take over the running with the Thai moving up to second and Kwok slipping down to third. The Singaporean southpaw extended his lead to 39 pins despite posting a moderate 214 in the third game.
Cheung regained second spot while a second Singaporean lefty, Eugene Yeo made up grounds to third. Yeo fired a sizzling 268 to move into the lead at the halfway mark followed by Chong in second. Cheung slipped down to third as Lee, who also posted a big game of 279, took up fourth.