KUALA LUMPUR: Favourites Siti Zalina Ahmad and Safuan Said gave Malaysia a headstart in the six-round singles competitions of the third Asian Championships, picking up two wins each in the women's and men's competitions at the National Lawn Bowls Centre in Bukit Kiara here yesterday.
Siti, who won the singles gold medal at the Manchester Commonwealth Games last year, defeated Anna Harvey of Indonesia 21-14 and Vivatana Itipanitpong of Thailand 21-13.
Safuan, a bronze medallist in the pairs' event in Manchester, beat Mick Scott of Indonesia 21-12 and came from behind to snatch a 21-20 win over Bamrung Nanthaporn of Thailand.
Malaysia are also in the driver's seat in the fours competition.
The men's team of Zuraidi Puteh, Kamarul Aizat Osman, Syed Mohamed Syed Akil and Jozaini Johari won the two matches yesterday – beating Indonesia (35-4) and Thailand (23-13).
The women's team of Azlina Arshad, Nazura Ngahat, Haslah Hassan and Norhashimah Ismail scored wins over Indonesia (23-18) and Thailand (29-12).
In the Under-25 singles competition, Malaysia's Fairul Izwan Abdul Muin and Sarimah Abu Bakar have qualified for the men's and women's semi-finals respectively.
A total of seven countries are competing in the championships. After four events (men's and women's pairs and triples), Malaysia leads the overall medal standings with a haul of 3-1-0. Thailand are in second place with a gold while Hong Kong have two silver and two bronze medals.