In the men's division, it was a double joy for Ammar Tarrad after the Saudi narrowly defeated local favourite, Wu Siu Hong, 202-201 to win his second conseutive men's title and his first-ever tour title following his triumph in the 43rd Hong Kong International Open yesterday.
The champion had reached the final after ousting Aseel Alroomi, 232-198 in the first semi-final match. He also defeated Ernest Kwok of Hong Kong, 203-200 in the first round and Lee Gyo Hwan of Korea, 257-235 in the second round en-route to winning the title, a trophy and a prize of US$500.
Wu, who settled for the first-runner-up position to take home US$300, edged Annop Arromsaranon of Thailand, 236-232 in the other semi to progress to the final. Indonesia had four finalists in the men's division.
Hengki Susanto crashed out in the first round to team-mate, Hardy Rachmadian, 196-218. Hardy's run was ended when he lost to semi-finalist, Aseel 212-247 in the second round. Billy Mohammad Islam edged India's Dhruv Sarda 49-38 in a nine and ten frame roll off to break the tie on 233 in the first round.