Meanwhile Team gold medallist, Shayna Ng of Singapore set her eyes on her second gold medal after she convincingly topped the Women's first block with 1868 from five wins. Cherie Tan added Singapore's hope for a third gold medal after finishing second with 1771 from seven wins.
Defending champion and Team silver medallist, Shalin Zulkifli of Malaysia, who led for the first three matches, held on to third spot with 1711 from five wins. Her compatriot, Sin Li Jane, who had a poor start, crawled her way up the field to take up fourth position with 1702 from six wins.
Singles and Team gold medallist, New Hui Fen completed the top five with 1696 from six wins. A fourth Singaporean, Daphne Tan is not far away in sixth position with 1677. Doubles gold medallist and 2017 SEA Games Masters silver medallist, Tannya Roumimper of Indonesia had a dismal first block winning just two matches to finish 15th.
The men and women finalists will resume with their second block over seven matches tomorrow morning with the position-round to determine the top 3 men and top 3 women advancing to the stepladder finals.
The second-seed will face the third-seed over one match and the winner will proceed to meet the top seed over a beat-twice title match for the final gold medal of the bowling championships. The loser of the first match will be awarded the bronze medal.