PETALING JAYA: Hong Kong's wonder boy Wu Siu Hong had a perfect start to the season when he rolled eight consecutive strikes to bag the Asian Bowling Federation's (ABF) Grand Finals title in Jakarta two months ago.
With his confidence firmly in place, the 20-year-old is looking forward to blaze the lanes in the Malaysian Open at the Pyramid Mega Lanes.
Siu Hong has emerged as one of the best right-hook bowlers in Asia in recent years.
He was the top ranked Asian twice – in 2003 and 2001. However, Siu Hong suffered a drop in form last year because of his commitment to studies.
He only finished third in the Asian rankings last year but managed to earn a place among the top eight for the World Rankings Masters, which will be held in Florida next month.
“I was starting my studies again and I took time to adjust,” said Siu Hong yesterday.
“But I managed to win the ABF title early this year. It is a good start for me and I hope to continue playing well to regain the top ranking spot in Asia again.”
Siu Hong arrived here two days ago and is currently attempting to make the cut for the Open Masters Finals.
“I have two days more to qualify. I checked out the lanes yesterday and it is matter of fine-tuning my approach to the lanes and the swing,” he said.
Siu Hong made the cut for the Open Masters Finals last year and finished eighth.
The venue holds good memories for Siu Hong. He won the Milo Junior All-Stars Championships for two consecutive years from 2001.
Meanwhile, the Malaysian bowlers, who returned from the Kuwait Open two days ago, are beginning to make their presence felt.
Yesterday, Jonathan Lim scored the second perfect game while Zulmazran Zukifli topped the leader board with an impressive total of 1,004.
Jonathan shot lines of 231-237-221 before chalking up the perfect game feat for a total of 989. It was the second perfect game in the tournament after Finland's Pasi Marjaki's effort on Monday.
Jonathan claimed a Canon digital camcorder worth RM3,999 for the ace.
“I had a rest after returning from Kuwait.
“My concentration was better today,” he said.
“I was just trying to make the Finals and I could not ask for more after scoring the perfect game.”
Zulmazran posted lines of 245-242-279-238 (1004) and also won a Canon digital camera for the best performer of the day.
Commonwealth Youth Games gold medallist Zandra Aziela stormed into second spot in the women's open division with a score of 872 behind leader Christy Chew of Selangor, who had a total of 923.
The top 42 men and top 36 women will make the cut for the Masters Finals starting tomorrow. The Finals will be played over two blocks of 10 games.