One proves to be the lucky number in Macau China International Open



    Defending men's champion Tomoyuki Sasaki (Japan) and Lee Young Seung (Korea) win the open division titles from No. 1 seed; it marks the seventh consecutive win for the men's No. 1 and the sixth out of seven for the women's No. 1



    2015MacauOpenTomoyukiSasaki2.jpg2015MacauOpenBaekJongYun.jpgThe number 1 again proved to be the lucky number in the Macau China International Open as both, the men's and women's open division winners, won the seventh edition of the event from No. 1 seed.

    Defending men's champion Tomoyuki Sasaki (pictured left) of Japan fired a huge game in the title match to defeat Korea's Baek Jong Yun (right), 279-224, to win his second consecutive title in Macau and the 70,000 Macau pataca (MOP$) top prize (approx. US$8,760).

    The top-seeded man has won the title in all seven Macau Opens since the beginning in 2009.

    2015MacauOpenLeeYoungSeung3.jpg2015MacauOpenKimSoYeon.jpgIn an all-Korean women's final Lee Young Seung (right) fell to Kim So Yeon (left), 227-235, but as in most of the Asian tournaments, Lee got a second chance as the top-seed must be defeated twice to win the title. Lee rebounded with a 236-197 win in the decider to wrap the title worth MOP$40,000 (approx. US$5,006).

    It was the fourth consecutive win by the women's top seed and the sixth in seven years with the exception of 2011.

    Sasaki, who averaged 249 in the second six-game round earlier today to leap from fourth to first place, and qualifying leader Lee, who out averaged her nearest competitor today by more than 17 pins averaging 238.17 to jump from seventh to the top of the leaderboard, had to sit and wait for their opponents in the title match.

    2015MacauOpenZoeDiasMa.jpg2015MacauOpenJoshuaChowWuSiuHong.jpgBaek posted a huge 277 game in the men's semifinals against local favorite Zoe Dias Ma (left, 226) and Joshua Chow of Hong Kong (227) to for the right to bowl Sasaki for the title.

    Chow (right on the with Wu Siu Hong, right) won a close opening match against Daisuke Yoshida of Japan, who had two 300 games in this tournament, and first-round leader Wu Siu Hong of Hong Kong, 234-217-221.

    On the women's side, Kim survived a close semifinal match to eliminate her fellow countrywoman and 2013 Macau Open winner, Hong Hae Ni, and Chou Chia Chen, Chinese Taipei, 202-194-191.

    2015MacauOpenHongHaeNi.jpg2015MacauOpenChouChiaChen2.jpgHong (left) rolled the fifth 300 game of the event but the first by a woman in the second round to secure the No. 3 seed.

    Chou (right), who finished third in 20914, rolled a 2165 game to start the finals with victory against Macau's Julia Lam (201) and Nur Dyana (137) of Singapore.

    The top 16 Asian men and top 8 Asian women qualified for the sixth leg of the 2015 Asian Bowling Federation Tour which will be held on Tuesday, June 23, once again at COTAI bowling center in Macau.

    Photos courtesy of Asian Bowling Federation


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    2015 Macau China International Open - Men's Stepladder Finals



    2015MacauOpenMenTop6.jpgChampionship Round:
    1. Tomoyuki Sasaki, Japan, 279 (1 game), MOP$70,000
    2. Baek Jong Yun, Korea, 501 (2 games), MOP$30,000
    3. Zoe Dias Ma, Macau, 226 (1 game), MOP$15,000
    4. Joshua Chow, Hong Kong, 461 (2 games), MOP$6,000
    5. Daisuke Yoshida, Japan, 217 (1 game), MOP$5,000
    6. Wu Siu Hong, Hong Kong, 221 (1 game), MOP$4,000

    Playoff Results:
    First Match: No. 5 Chow (234) def. No. 4 Yoshida (217) and No. 6 Wu (221)
    Second Match: No. 2 Baek (277) def. No. 3 Zoe (226) and Chow (227)
    Championship: No. 1 Sasaki def. Baek, 279-224.


    2015 Macau China International Open - Women's Stepladder Finals



    2015MacauOpenWomenTop6.jpgChampionship Round:
    1. Lee Young Seung, Korea, 463 (2 games), MOP$40,000
    2. Kim So Yeon, Korea, 634 (3 games), MOP$18,000
    3. Hong Hae Ni, Korea, 194 (1 game), MOP$10,000
    4. Chou Chia Chen, Chinese Taipei, 406 (2 games), MOP$4,000
    5. Julia Lam, Macau, 201 (1 game), MOP$3,000
    6. Nur Dyana, Singapore, 137 (1 game), MOP$2,000

    Playoff Results:
    First Match: No. 5 Chou (215) def. No. 4 Lam (201) and No. 6 Nur (137)
    Second Match: No. 2 Kim (202) def. No. 3 Hong (194) and Chou (191)
    Championship: Kim def. No. 1 Lee, 235-227
    and in the decisive game, Lee def. Kim, 236-197.


    2015 Macau China International Open - Men's Division after Round 2

    Top 6 advance to the stepladder finals.


    2015 Macau China International Open - Women's Division after Round 2

    Top 6 advance to the stepladder finals.

    300 game - Hong Hae Ni