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Kim Bolleby, Yanee Saebae win Thailand Open from top seed

2016ThailandOpenKimBolleby.jpgKim Bolleby and Yanee Saebae gave Thailand a clean sweep of the men’s and women’s Open Masters titles in the 42nd MWA-SINGHA Thailand International Open Sunday at Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl Ratchayothin in Bangkok.

Bolleby (pictured left) and Saebae, who averaged 240 and 230, respectively, in the final six-game block to earn the No. 1 seed for the six-player stepladder finals, had the advantage of having to lose two games to suffer defeat.

2016ThailandOpenAlexLiew.jpg2016ThailandOpenNormanCai.jpgBolleby sealed his victory with the first game, defeating second seeded Alex Liew (left) of Malaysia for the men’s title, 248-191. The former Swedish youth international, who now bowls for Thailand, earned 300,000 Baht ($8,550) along with his second Thailand Open title since 2014.

Liew earned the right to bowl Bolleby for the title by defeating Norman Cai (right) of Singapore and Annop Arromsaranon, Thailand, in the semifinal match, 228-189-157. Arromsaranon posted a 210 to survive a close opening match against Singapore’s Cheah Ray Han (208) and Ryan Lalisang of Indonesia (201).

2016ThailandOpenYaneeSaebae.jpgOn the women’s side, Saebae (left) fell to No. 3 seed and 2010 Thailand Open champion, Tannya Roumimper of Indonesia in the first game, 209-199, but rebounded with big 251-189 win in the decisive game to capture her first title in the biggest bowling event in her home country and the 100,000 Baht first prize (US$2,850).

Roumimper (below left) rolled a big 246 game in the semifinal to hold off Malaysia’s Nur Syazwani Sahar (232) and Sin Li Jane (202). In an all-Malaysian opening round, Nur (below right) flew past Hee Kar Yen and Sharon Koh, 239-188-180.

2016ThailandOpenTannyaRoumimper.jpg2016ThailandOpenNurSyazwaniSahar.jpgThe 42nd MWA-SINGHA Thailand International Open, which was held from April 11-17 at Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl Ratchayothin in Bangkok, Thailand, drew 86 men and 47 women from 18 countries (Australia, China, Guam, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Macau, Malaysia, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, United States, Vietnam, and Thailand).

Qualifying in the men’s and women’s Open Masters divisions featured three five-game blocks over three days (total 15 games). All participants were split into four squads (A, B, C and D).

The top 3 local and the top 3 overseas qualifiers in both divisions earned one bye and were seeded in Round Three.

The top 26 men in the Mixed Pool plus the top 4 of the Desperado Squad and the top 18 women in the Mixed Pool advanced to Round Two. Each player bowled six games scratch to cut to the top 18 men and the top 8 women.

The remaining 24 men and 14 women bowled another six-game block scratch to cut to the top 6 players.

The finalists were placed into a six-player stepladder, with the fourth, fifth and sixth seeds meeting in the first match and the winner facing the second and third seeds in the semifinals. The winner of the semifinal match must defeat the top seed twice to win the title.

The top 16 Asian men and the top 16 Asian women qualified for the 2016 Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) Tour Thailand leg, which will be held at Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl Ratchayothin on Monday, April 18.

Photos courtesy of Asian Bowling Federation (ABF).

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42nd Thailand Open – Men’s Stepladder Finals

Championship Round:
1. Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 248 (1 game), 300,000 Baht (approx. US$8,550)
2. Alex Liew, Malaysia, 419 (2 games), 150,000 Baht
3. Norman Cai, Singapore, 189 (1 game), 75,000 Baht
4. Annop Arromsaranon, Thailand, 367 (2 games), 40,000 Baht
5. Cheah Ray Han, Singapore, 208 (1 game), 30,000 Baht
6. Ryan Lalisang, Indonesia, 201 (1 game), 25,000 Baht

Pictured above from front right, clockwise: Cai, Bolleby, Liew, Lalisang, Arromsaranon and Cheah.

Playoff Results:
First Match: No. 5 Arromsaranon (210) def. No. 6 Cheah (208) and No. 4 Lalisang (201)
Second Match: No. 2 Liew (228) def. No. 3 Cai (189) and Arromsaranon (157)
Championship Match: No. 1 Bolleby def. Liew, 248-191.

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42nd Thailand Open – Women’s Stepladder Finals

Championship Round:
1. Yanee Saebae, Thailand, 450 (2 games), 100,000 Baht (approx. US$2,850)
2. Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia, 644 (3 games), 50,000 Baht
3. Nur Syazwani Sahar, Malaysia, 471 (2 games), 25,000 Baht
4. Sin Li Jane, Malaysia, 202 (1 game), 22,000 Baht
5. Hee Kar Yen, Malaysia, 188 (1 game), 18,000 Baht
6. Sharon Koh, Malaysia, 180 (1 game), 16,000 Baht

Pictured above from front right, clockwise: Roumimper, Saebae, Sin Li, Koh, Nur and Hee.

Playoff Results:
First Match: No. 5 Nur (239) def. No. 6 Hee (188) and No. 4 Koh (180)
Second Match: No. 3 Roumimper (246) def. Nur (232) and No. 2 Sin Li (202)
Championship Match: Roumimper def. No. 1 Saebae, 209-199,
and in the decisive game, Saebae def. Roumimper, 251-189.

42nd Thailand Open – Men’s Round Three Results

Top 6 advance to the stepladder finals. Top 16 Asian bowlers qualify for the Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) Tour Thailand leg.

42nd Thailand Open – Women’s Round Three Results

Top 6 advance to the stepladder finals. Top 16 Asian bowlers qualify for the Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) Tour Thailand leg.

42nd Thailand Open – Men’s Round Two Results

Top 18 advance to the second round

42nd Thailand Open – Women’s Round Two Results

Top 8 advance to the second round

42nd Thailand Open – Men’s Qualifying Results

36 players, including the top 4 of the Desperado Squad, advance to the finals. Top 3 local and top 3 overseas qualifiers earn one bye.

42nd Thailand Open – Women’s Qualifying Results

24 players advance to the finals. Top 3 local and top 3 overseas qualifiers earn one bye.

Author: Herbert Bickel
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