Ayman Hashem, Korngunya Aree take different routes to Sinai Open title

    05/01/13

    Egypt

    2013SIOAymanHashemKorngunyaAree.jpgAyman Hashem (pictured left) gave Egypt its first Sinai International Open title since 2006 while Korngunya Aree (right) retained the women's title for Thailand Tuesday at the International Bowling Center in Cairo, Egypt.

    Hashem and Aree entered the men's and women's stepladder finals at different ends of the spectrum, seeded No. 1 and No. 4, respectively. The top seeded player had to be defeated twice to win the title.

    Hashem, who averaged 239.50 for ten games in Final Round Two to lead the top 4 into the finals, sat and watched the opening shootout match in which No. 4 seed, Yousif Falah of Bahrain, the defending champion, posted a 214 game to take care of No. 2 Sithiphol Kunaksorn (207) of Thailand and No. 3 Basel Al-Anzi (164) of Kuwait.

    2013SIOAymanHashem.jpgHashem (right, with check and trophy) struck in all but the third and fifth frame to put the match away well before the final frame and to cruise to victory, 258-197.

    2013SIOMenFinalists.jpgHashem, who is the first Egyptian champion since Mahmoud Mazloum in 2006, pocketed $7,500 for his first career international title. Falah, who was targeting his third title after 2009 and 2012, received $3,500 for second place, while Kunaksorn and Al-Anzi walked away with $2,500 and $2,000, respectively, for third and fourth place.

    From left, front row: Al-Anzi and Falah. Back row: Kunaksorn and Hashem.

    Aree took the fourth and last spot for the women's stepladder finals in the small, 13-player field from Egypt Thailand and Iraq by averaging 175.50 for eight games.

    2013SIOKorngunyaAree.jpgAree (right, with check and trophy) survived a close opening round match against defending champion and No. 2 seed, Angkana Netrviseth, Thailand and No. 3 seed, Aliaa Ismail, Egypt, 205-203-199, to advance to the title match against top seeded Natthida Serthluecha, Thailand.

    Serthluecha, who opened three times in the first five frames, lost the opening game, 191-173, but held a comfortable 32-pin lead heading into the last two frames of the decisive game. While she opened in the ninth and spared in tenth frame, Aree struck three times to tie Serthluecha at 178.

    2013SIOWomenFinalists.jpgAree struck on her first shot in the one-ball roll-off to edge Serthluecha by one and to celebrate a come-from-behind victory, 10-9. Aree received $3,000 while Serthluecha pocketed $1,500 for second place. Netrviseth earned $1,200 for third place and Ismail garnered $1,000 for fourth place.

    From front left, clockwise: Netrviseth, Aree, Ismail and Serthluecha.

    The top 16 Asian men advanced to the fourth leg of the 2013 Asian Bowling Federation Tour Egypt leg, which will take place Wednesday at IBC.

    Photos courtesy of Asian Bowling Federation.

     


    15th Sinai International Open - Men's Stepladder Finals


    International Bowling Center in Cairo, Egypt (April 24-30, 2013)

    Championship Round:
    1. Ayman Hashem, Egypt, 258 (1 game), $7,500
    2. Yousif Falah, Bahrain, 408 (2 games), $3,500
    3. Sithiphol Kunaksorn, Thailand, 207 (1 game), $2,500
    4. Basel Al-Anzi, Kuwait, 164 (1 game), $2,000

    Playoff Results:
    First Match: No. 4 Falah (214) def. No. 2 Kunaksorn (207) and No. 3 Al-Anzi (164)
    Championship: No. 1 Hashem def. Falah, 258-197.

     


    15th Sinai International Open - Women's Stepladder Finals


    International Bowling Center in Cairo, Egypt (April 24-30, 2013)

    Championship Round:
    1. Korngunya Aree, Thailand, 574, (3 games), $3,000
    2. Natthida Serthluecha, Thailand, 351 (2 games), $1,500
    3. Angkana Netrviseth, Thailand, 203 (1 game), $1,200
    4. Aliaa Ismail, Egypt, 199 (1 game), $1,000

    Playoff Results:
    First Match: No. 4 Aree (205) def. No. 2 Netrviseth (203) def. No. 3 Ismail (199)
    Championship: Aree def. No. 1 Serthluecha, 191-173
    and in the decisive game, Aree def. Serthluecha 10-9 in roll-off after a 178-178 tie.

     


    15th Sinai International Open - Men's Final Round Two


    The top 4 advance to the stepladder finals.

     


    15th Sinai International Open - Women's Finals


    The top 4 advance to the stepladder finals.

     


    15th Sinai International Open - Men's Final Round One


    The top 16 plus the next two local bowlers (places 17 & 18) advance to the second round.

     


    15th Sinai International Open - Men's Qualifying


    The top 10 each of the Local Pool and of the Overseas Pool, the 16 of the Local & Overseas Pool plus the top 3 of the Desperado Squad advance to the finals. The top 3 each of the Local Pool and of the Overseas Pool earned one bye.

     


    15th Sinai International Open - Women's Qualifying


    Due to the low number of entries, all players advance to the finals.