Li Jane cool as tussle hots up By Rajes Paul



    Republished courtesy of Malaysia Star - Petaling Jaya, Malaysia (May 26, 2009)

    20090526SinLiJane.jpgYoungster Sin Li Jane (pictured) is showing no sign of strain even though the training sessions are getting tougher ahead of the women’s World Championships in Las Vegas from July 24-Aug 2.

    And the perseverance of the 17-year-old in training has surprised chief coach Holloway Cheah.

    Li Jane is the only back-up bowler invited by Holloway to join the training squad based on her outstanding performances in winning two gold medals in the Commonwealth Tenpin Bowling Championships in Belfast in January and also for her triumph in the Milo All-Star Junior Championships last December.

    Li Jane said that the battle for places in the squad to Las Vegas had become more intense but her drive and motivation to make the grade remained the same.

    “I have not changed even though the situation around me is now different. The pressure is mounting with everyone giving their best to fulfill their dream to play for the country,” she said.

    “I am still motivated with the fact that there is still a chance for me (to make the team). And that drives me to go all out in training.”

    To strengthen her chance to make the team, Li Jane aims to do well in Singapore Open, which begins today with Masters qualifying rounds. The Open is the last chance for bowlers to impress the selectors before the cast for the world championships is finalised.

    “The stakes are high in this tournament. The coach will finalise the squad after the Singapore Open. I want to make the Masters Finals and get a crack at the title,” she said.

    Holloway said that he had not ruled out the young Li Jane from the world championships.

    “Many youngsters would have fizzled out after going through tough training. But Li Jane has been hanging on in there since training together with the elite bowlers in January,” he said.

    “For now, she has not given me any reason to rule her out. She is still one of the few in the chasing pack with a shot at representing the country in the world championships. Let’s see how the bowlers fare in Singapore.”

    Holloway has named three bowlers – Shalin Zulkifli, Esther Cheah and Siti Safiyah Amirah Abdul Rahman – for the world championships. Besides Li Jane, the others vying for the remaining three slots are Sharon Koh, Zandra Aziela Ibrahim Hakimi, Choy Poh Lai, Wendy Chai and Zatil Iman Abdul Ghani.

    At the last two editions of the biennial world meet, Malaysia have managed to win gold medals. Esther was the singles champion in 2005 and a member of the gold medal-winning team in 2007.