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Germany’s Birgit Pöppler widens her lead after Round Two Qualifying

2016WSCBirgitPoppler3Birgit Pöppler of Germany averaged 229 for eight games and held on to the lead after the second round of qualifying in the women’s World Singles Championships Tuesday at Qatar Bowling Center in Doha.

The 2012 European Bowling Tour women’s point ranking leader (right) led the 53-player field from 33 countries after the first four-game block on the 40 foot Athens lane conditioning pattern with 938 and added 894 in the second block, the second-best series on Tuesday.

The top 3 women after the second block of qualifying in the 2016 World Singles Championships. From left to right, New Hui Fen, Birgit Pöppler and Sin Li Jane.

2016WSCNewHuiFenWith 1832 pinfall total, Pöppler widened her lead to 74 pins out averaging her nearest competitor, New Hui Fen (left) of Singapore by more than nine pins.

2016WSCSinLiJaneThe 2016 PWBA Rookie of the Year almost matched Pöppler’s score with 893 to jump from 9th to second place with 1758 (219.75).

Sin Li Jane (right) of Malaysia closed her 871 set with 237 and 266 to move from sixth to third place with 1750 (218.75).

2016WSCRocioRestrepoMultiple Pan American Bowling Confederation champion Rocio Restrepo of Colombia played in her own league on Tuesday out averaging Pöppler by more than 15 pins. Restrepo fired games of 223, 277, 243 and 212 for 955, an average of 238.75, and 1746 total.

Restrepo jumped from 24th and received a $200 bonus for the daily high series awarded by the Qatar Bowling Federation (pictured left).

2016BWCJennyWegner2Rounding out the top 5 was 2016 World Cup champion Jenny Wegner (right) of Sweden, who leaped sixth spots with 1718 thanks to an 863 series today.

Wegner is followed by Kristie Lopez of Puerto Rico, who slipped two spots to sixth place with 1715. Three-time EBT women’s point ranking leader Britt Brøndsted of Denmark leaped one place to 8th with 1699, while Lara Posadas, Philippines, fell one spot to 8th place with 1696.

2016WSCClaraJulianaGuerrero2016WSCLauraBeuthnerTwo-time World Champion and World Cup champion, Clara Juliana Guerrero (left) of Colombia and Laura Beuthner (right) of Germany, who were third and second after the first round, fell to 9th and 10th place with 1692 and 1683.

With just four more qualifying games to go, 10th place Beuthner is 175 pins above the cut line. Sandra Góngora of Mexico holds the 32nd and last place to advance with 1508 or an average of 188.50.

The women will return the lanes on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Arabia Standard Time (AST) for the final four-game block on the 40 foot Athens oiling pattern.

2016WSCLogoThe 2016 World Singles Championships will be held Dec. 2-9 at Qatar Bowling Center in Doha, Qatar. Up to two men and two women from each member federation of World Bowling are eligible to compete in the second edition of the event. Each player must have reached the age of 15 years on January 1, 2016.

The Championships drew 134 players from 50 countries, including 81 men from 47 countries and 53 women from 33 countries.

After four days of qualifying featuring three four-game blocks, the top 32 players of each gender will advance. Men and women will be split into four groups according to the following bracket: Group A (1, 8, 9, 16, 17, 24, 25, 32); Group B (2, 7, 10, 15, 18, 23, 26, 31); Group C (3, 6, 11, 14, 19, 22, 27, 30); and Group D (4, 5, 12, 13, 20, 21, 28, 29).

Each qualifying group shall bowl eight qualifying games. Each player in the qualifying group shall bowl against every other player in the group every game. Points shall be awarded on the following basis: The highest scoring player in each game shall be awarded 7 points, the second highest scoring shall be awarded 6 points, the third highest 5 points etc. down to the eighth highest, who will receive 0 points.

The top 2 from the point standing of each group will advance to play eight games in one group with a system as specified above.

The top 4 advance to the semifinals (No. 1 vs. No. 4 and No. 2 vs. No. 3), with the higher ranked players having the choice of the starting lane. The losers of both one-game matches will receive bronze medals.

The semifinal winners will determine the champion in a final one-game match. The winner of this match will receive a gold medal and the loser a silver medal.

The men’s gold medalist will receive US$8,000, the silver medalist will earn US$6,000 and the bronze medalists will take home US$3,000 apiece. The women’s gold medalist will receive US$6,000, the silver medalist will get US$4,000 and the bronze medalists will earn US$3,000 each. The prizes will be paid by the Qatar Bowling Federation which also offer daily high series awards, $300 for men and $200 for women.

For more details including the latest schedule, click here.

The World Singles Championships will be held every four years. The inaugural WSC was held at Galactica Bowling Center in Limassol, Cyprus (Sept. 18-26, 2012) and drew 128 players from 44 countries, 71 men from 40 countries and 57 women from 33 countries.

World Bowling provides governance to international bowling and is made up of 115 member federations within three geographical zones. For more information on the World Bowling Tour, click here.

Photos courtesy of Terrance Yaw, Asian Bowling Federation (ABF).

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