Chan strikes to win tenpin bowls title
Hongkonger clinches first ABF tournament
Chan Suk-han of Hong Kong and Thailand's Kritchawat Jampakao claimed the women's and men's titles, respectively, at the Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) Tour - Tournament of Champions in Jakarta, Indonesia, last Sunday.
Chan beat Thailand's Angkana Netvriseth, 224-154, in the quarter-finals and outclassed Indonesia's Happy Soediyono in the second semi-final to reach the championship game.
Chan faced Indonesian youngster Shalima Zalsha in the women's final. Shalima started well with a strike (all 10 pins are knocked down with the first bowl) but had an open frame (pins remain standing after two bowls) in the second frame. She had another two open frames in the fifth and sixth.
The Hong Kong bowler seized the opportunity and reeled off three strikes in a row to defeat her opponent in commanding fashion, 218-168.
Remarkably, it was tour debutant Chan's first international title.
'I must admit that I was really nervous in the semi-finals but I was able to settle down in the end,' said the Hong Kong national player.
'This is my first major win and I dedicate my victory to the Hong Kong Tenpin Bowling Congress.'
By contrast, it was a Thai monopoly in the men's category. After a tough match, the experienced Kritchawat claimed the crown by defeating Surasak Manuwong 203-174.
Surasak had a good start with a strike and then a double (two strikes in a row) in the third and fourth frames to take a slight lead, but three open frames ended his chances.
'I was not very active last year, so I'm lucky to reach the final and win,' said the delighted Kritchawat. 'I hope to travel more this year and compete on the Asian circuit.'
Six qualifying events were held in the run-up to the tournament. The top 16 men and women qualified for the Tournament of Champions. Cash prizes were given to the winners. Kritchawat and Chan took home US$20,000 and US$10,000 respectively.
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