In the women's division, the lead was keenly fought amongst finalists from Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Chinese Taipei. Newly-crowned 50th Singapore Open champion, Jazreel Tan of Singapore led in the opening game with a splendid 267.
Last week's ABF Tour Macau champion, Nora Lyana Natasia of Malaysia was quick to capitalise on the opportunity presented to her when Tan stumbled to a poor 147 in the second game but her lead only last one game.
2018 Thailand Open champion, Shayna Ng surged ahead of Natasia with a sizzling 267 in the third game. Thailand's Yanee Saebe and Chinese Taipei's Chang Yu Hsuan began to close in on the leading trio. By the fifth game, the Thai led Chang by 15 pins but the duo exchanged lead after the sixth game with Chang leading Saebe by 22 pins.
Although Natasia bounced back with 244 in the seventh game to regain the lead, the Thai ended the strongest with 245 to take the Stage 1 victory with 1753. The Malaysian settled for second with 1735 while Chang finished third with 1725.