Korea's Hwang Sun-Ok, Choi Jin-A take No. 1 and 2 seed in Women's Masters stepladder finals


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    Singapore's Cherie Tan wins position round match to earn No. 3 seed

    2010AGHwangSunOk.jpg2010AGChoiJinA.jpgThree-time Guangzhou Asian Games gold medalist Hwang Sun-Ok (pictured left) and defending champion Choi Jin-A (right), both of Korea, dominated the Women's Masters competition en route to earn the No. 1 and No. 2 seed for the stepladder finals on Wednesday afternoon at Tianhe Bowling Hall in Guangzhou, China.

    Hwang, who led the field after the first block on long oil with 1963 pinfall total including 55 bonus pins for her 5-2-1 won-loss-tie record, won all but the position round match on short oil by averaging 224.25 for the round to easily maintain the pole position with 3727 pinfall total and an overall record of 12-3-1.

    Jin-A, who started the day in tied for seventh place but only 52 pins off the pace for the top 3, posted the field-best 1898 series on the short pattern, an average of 237.25 for eight games, and compiled a 6-2 match play record to shoot into second place with 3689 (10-6). JinA had games of 279, 223, 246, 194, 234, 265, 235 and 222.

    2010AGCherieTan.jpgFive players - Sharon Koh, Malaysia (3248), Cherie Tan, Singapore (3229), Chen Dongdong, China (3226), last year's runner-up Esther Cheah, Malaysia (3221) and Apple Posadas, Philippines (3202) - were within 48 pins heading into the position round having a chance to grab the third and final spot for the stepladder.

    The Singaporean (pictured right), who needed to win her match against Koh by ten pins to overtake the third-placed Malaysian, managed the highest game of all five competitors with 227 to beat Koh's 216 by 11 pins and to overtake third place by two pins, 3466 to 3464. Cheah (3439) overtook Dongdong (3414) but her 208-188 win was not good enough to challenge Tan. Posadas finished seventh with 3390 behind a 188-199 loss to eighth placed Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia (3386).

    2010AsianGamesLogo_small.jpg The top 16 in All Events but maximum two players per country advanced to the Masters finals which will conclude the bowling competition of the 16th Asian Games on Wednesday.

    75 women from 14 countries - Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and the host country China - participate in the 16th Asian Games bowling competition at Tianhe Bowling Hall in Guangzhou, China to bowl for gold, silver and bronze medals in Singles, Doubles, Trios, five-player Team, All Events and Masters.


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    16th Asian Games - Women's Masters Finals Two One

    Round robin match play. 10 pins bonus for each win. First block on long oil, second block on short oil. The top 3 advance to the stepladder finals.