7th January, Jakarta: Top-seed, Jennifer Tan of Singapore had an easy passage into the semifinals of the ABF Tour Tournament of Champions after defeating Filipina, Liza Clutario in the quarterfinals while Remy Ong's progress was ended by Daniel Lim of Malaysia.
The knock-out quarterfinals started with the women's division which saw top-seed, Jennifer Tan of Singapore cruising into the semifinals after she easily disposed off Liza Clutario of the Philippines, 224-167 in the first match. In the other all-Taiwanese quarterfinals, Wang Yu Ling knocked out teammate, Tsia Hsin Yi, 248-173 chalking up the highest game so far.
In the other two all-Malaysian quarterfinal matches, Indonesia leg champion, Lai Kin Ngoh edged teammate, Choy Poh Lai in a thriller, 219-214. Poh Lai had a chance to take the match had she not miss a crucial single pin.
Last year's TOC champion, Wendy Chai was fortunate to edge TOC debutant, Zandra Aziela, 173-160 and assuring Malaysia a place in the finals when Chai meets up with Lai Kin Ngoh in the semifianls.
Local crowd favourite, Ryan Lalisang kept Indonesia's hope of capturing the title alive as the 24-year-old took out top-ranked, Alex Liew, 179-169. Liew had a chance take the match when he needed to strike out in the last frame but luck just ran out on him at the crucial stage.
Top-seed, Yannaphon Larpapharat went down to teammate, Surasak Manuwong of Thailand, 204-193 but all is not lost as Surasak became the first Thai to make the TOC semifinals. TOC debutant, Aaron Kong and Daniel Lim gave Malaysia plenty to celebrate as both booked their semifinal spots.
Kong easily defeated the struggling, Andrew Frawley of Australia, 204-161, to get nearer to his taget of reaching the top 3 before the start of the finals while Daniel Lim has gone from strenght to strenght after he disposed off Round 1 leader, Remy Ong of Singapore, 201-171.
Surasak Manuwong will meet Aaron Kong in the first semifinal match while the local supporters will eagerly await the match between Ryan Lalisang and Daneil Lim.