21st June, Macau: 2016 Thailand Open Women chanmpion, Yanee Saebe and Kantaporn Singhabubpha gave Thailand a one-two finish in the Women's Open Round 1 Masters finals of the 2019 Macao-China International Open followed by Hong Kong's Joey Yip in third.
Saebe started well with a superb 236 to lead Hong Kong's Milki Ng in second by 12 pins. A second Thai, Khattiya Ngoenkham also rolled a good game of 223 to take up third position. Whilst Saebe added 244 and 188 in her next two games, she was unable to pull away from Ng.
The leader did manage to pull away after she knocked down a splendid game of 236 and extended her lead over Ng to 49 pins. The Thai's margin went up to 90 pins when Ng stumbled to a poor 154. Saebe remained firmly in the lead after the fifth game while China's Xu Lan took over second spot.
Saebe went on to win the round with 214, 210 and 245 for a total of 1768. A third team-mate, Singhabubpha stormed home to snatch second spot with 1619, 149 pins behind Saebe. Hong Kong's ex-international, Joey Yip also ended strongly to finish third with 1595.
Ng slipped down to fourth position with 1580 while another Thai, Pitchapa Reongsiri completed the top five with 1564. Ngoenkham defeated Zheng Mei Ling of Macau, 209-200 in a one-game roll-off to break the tie for 12th position.
The top 12 finishers in this round advanced to Round 2 finals joined by the top 3 local and top 3 overseas seeded qualifiers for another 8 games. The top 6 with the highest pinfalls at the end of the round will proceed to the Stepladder Shootout finals. The Men's and Women's Grade A Masters finals will be held late this evening.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Macau, China.
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