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14th Indonesia International Open
October 17 - 23, 2016  Jaya Ancol Bowling Centre, Jakarta
Malaysia sweeps Masters titles

23rd October, Jakarta: Ahmad Muaz of Malaysia captured the Men's Open Masters title and Siti Safiyah Amirah led a clean sweep of the Women's Open Masters titles at the 14th Indonesia International Open on Sunday.

In the first match between top seed, DJ Archer of USA and challenger Muaz, the American suffered two early opened frames as the Malaysian struck twice to take a 22 pin lead. Muaz struck again in the fourth and fifth frames while Archer struggled to get going.

Muaz rolled three more strikes from frame sixth and Archer responded with three of his own. Although the American added two addidtional strikes, the Malaysian struck out to take the match, 258-216 forcing a second decider.

Archer started again with an opened frame in the first as Muaz continued his strike-fest. When Archer doubled in the second and third frames and doubled again in the sixth and seveth frames, Muaz continued his strike-fest to the delight of a packed crowd at Jaya Ancol Bowling Centre.

The house went silence after he downed eleven strikes and stepping up on the approach to roll his final throw, but left two pins standing to take a convincing 298-203 victory over the American.

Ahmad Muaz winning an international title since 2014

The champion eliminated two left-handers, second-seed, Kim Bolleby of Thailand and third-seed, Lee Tak Man, 257-238-153 to challenge for the title. The sixth-seed also breezed past fourth-seed, Tommy Jones of USA and fifth-seed, Marcus Kiew of Singapore, 237-161-203 in the first match.

The 22-year-old Muaz pocketed the top prize of 150 million Indonesian rupiah (approx. US$11,500) as champion while Archer took home 100 million rupiah (approx. US$7,600) as first runner-up. Bolleby earned 60 million rupiah, Lee 40 million, Kiew 25 million and Jones 17.5 million.

In the earlier Stage 2 finals, Archer snatched pole position with 1933 in the eighth and final game from pace-setter, Bolleby, who settled for second with 1902. Lee, Jones, Kiew finished third to fifth while Muaz clinched the last stepladder final spot with 1783.

Meanwhile Malaysia swept the top three positions of the Women's Open division after top seed, Siti Safiyah Amirah had to work hard to beat compatriot and challenger, Shalin Zulkifli 253-182 in the all-Malaysia second match to win the title.

The 26-year-old Siti Safiyah lost the first match, 197-226 to Zulkifli but bounced back in the second to take victory. Zulkifli had earlier ousted team-mate and second-seed, Sin Li Jane and third-seed, Shannon Pluhowsky of USA, 216-201-186 in the semi-final to face the top seed.

Zulkifli, who was seeded fifth, also eliminated fourth-seed, Jasmine Yeong-Nathan of Singapore and a fifth Malaysian, Esther Cheah, 204-180-194 in the opening stepladder match.

Siti Safiyah won 70 million rupiah (approx. US$5,300) as champion while Zulkifli settled for 35 million rupiah and Sin pocketed 17.5 million. Pluhowsky, Cheah and Yeong-Nathan picked up 10, 8 and 7 million respectively.

The champion earned top seed after winning the earlier Stage 2 finals with 1854 followed by Sin in second with 1838 and Pluhowsky third with 1812. Yeong-Nathan, Zulkifli and Cheah booked their stepladder finals places in fourth to sixth positions.

Shalin Zulkifli, Siti Safiyah and Sin Li Jane sweeping the women's titles

The top 16 Asian men and top 16 Asian women from the final masters standings qualified for the final leg of the 2016 ABF Tour Indonesia, which will be held tomorrow at Jaya Ancol Bowling Centre at 1.00pm local time.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Jakarta.

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