Cheng Hsing-Chao, Hong Hae Ni earn Open Masters titles in Macau China Open


    Macau, China

    2013MACOpenChengHsingChaoHongHaeNi.jpgCheng Hsing-Chao of Chinese Taipei and South Korea's Hong Hae Ni (pictured left, l-r) captured the men's and women's open masters titles in the 2013 Macau China International Open from the top-seeded position Wednesday at COTAI International Bowling Center in Macau.

    In the men's title match, Cheng flew past third-seeded Kim Dong Gyun, Korea, 221-164, to earn the 70,000 Macau pataca top prize (approx. US$9,000).

    In an all-Korean affair, Hong, who had to be defeated twice to win the title, rebounded from a first-game loss against No. 2 Sim Ui Jin with a 244-198 win in the deciding game to seal the victory in the women's division, worth MOP$40,000 (approx. US$5,100).

    2013MACOpenMenTop6.jpgThe top six men and the top six women after 12 games advanced to the stepladder finals.

    Macau's Lee Tak Man, seeded fifth, posted a 238 game in the opening shootout match to eliminate Surasak Manuwong, Thailand, and Rodson Tong, Malaysia.

    Kim shot 243 in the semifinal against Lee Tak Man and his compatriot Lee Dong Eun, seeded second, to advance to the title match. Kim had to defeat tournament leader Cheng twice to claim the title.

    Cheng used two three-baggers to end a five-year title drought. The 24-year-old won the 2008 Thailand Open at the age of 19.

    Kim received MOP$30,000 for second place and Lee earned MOP$15,000 for finishing third. Tak Man, Surasak and Tong pocketed MOP$6,000, MOP$5,000 and MOP$4,000 for fourth, fifth and sixth place, respectively.

    2013MACOpenWomenTop6.jpgFourth-seeded Chen Ya Chi, Chinese Taipei, easily won the women's opening match against Qin Xiuli, China, and Joey Yip, Hong Kong, 212-171-135, before she and third-seeded Angkana Netvrseth, Thailand, were eliminated in the semifinal match by Sim's 234.

    Sim carried the momentum into the title match defeating compatriot Hong by five pins, 201-196, to force a deciding game. Hong reeled off seven consecutive strikes to put the match away well before the final frame, 244-198.

    Sim was consoled with MOP$18,000 for second place while Angkana got MOP$10,000 for third. Chen, Qin and Yip garnered MOP$4,000, MOP$3,000 and MOP$2,000 for her fourth to sixth place finish.

    The top 16 Asian men and the top 16 Asian women earned berths into the sixth leg of the 2013 Asian Bowling Federation Tour which will be held at the same bowling center Thursday, June 20.

    Photos courtesy of Asian Bowling Federation

    2013 Macau China International Open - Men's Stepladder Finals

    2013MACOpenChengHsingChao.jpgChampionship Round:
    1. Cheng Hsing-Chao, Chinese Taipei, 221 (1 game), MOP $70.000
    2. Kim Dong Gyun, Korea, 407 (2 games), MOP $30.000
    3. Lee Dong Eun, Korea, 202 (1 game), MOP $15.000
    4. Lee Tak Man, Macau, 451 (2 games), MOP $6.000
    5. Surasak Manuwong, Thailand, 161 (1 game), MOP $5.000
    6. Rodson Tong, Malaysia, 213 (1 game), MOP $4.000

    Playoff Results:
    First Match: No. 5 Tak Man (238) def. No. 6 Tong (213) and No. 4 Manuwong (161)
    Second Match: No. 3 Kim (243) def. Tak Man (213) and No. 2 Lee (202)
    Championship: No. 1 Cheng def. Kim, 221-164.


    2013 Macau China International Open - Women's Stepladder Finals

    Championship Round:
    2013MACOpenHongHaeNi.jpg1. Hong Hae Ni, Korea, 440 (2 games), MOP $40.000
    2. Sim Ui Jin, Korea, 633 (3 games), MOP $18.000
    3. Angkana Netvrseth, Thailand, 162 (1 game), MOP $10.000
    4. Chen Ya Chi, Chinese Taipei, 406 ( 2games), MOP $4.000
    5. Qin Xiuli, China, 171 (1 game), MOP $3.000
    6. Joey Yip, Hong Kong, 135 (1 game), MOP $2.000

    Playoff Results:
    First Match: No. 5 Chen (212) def. No. 4 Qin (171) and No. 6 Yip (135)
    Second Match: No. 2 Sim (234) def. Chen (194) and No. 3 Netvrseth (162)
    Championship: Sim def. No. 1 Hong, 201-196
    and in the deciding game: Hong def. Sim, 244-198.
    Note: The No. 1 seed must be defeated twice to win the title.

    2013 Macau China International Open - Men's Division after Final Round 2

    The top 6 advance to the stepladder finals.


    2013 Macau China International Open - Women's Division after Final Round 2

    The top 6 advance to the stepladder finals.