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Jenny Wegner begins pulling away at 53rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup

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Jenny Wegner of Sweden was able to weather a strong charge by Rebecca Whiting of Australia to hang onto the third round lead at the 53rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in Hermosillo, Mexico.

The defending World Cup champion (right), who led the women’s event after all but the first game, posted the second-highest 1333 six-game series Wednesday at Bol 300 to pace the field of 54 women after three qualifying rounds with 4096 total and an average of 227.56 for 18 games.

Pictured above are the top four women after three blocks of qualifying. From left: Jenny Wegner, Rocio Restrepo, Rebecca Whiting and Vanessa Timter.

The 23-year-old right-hander (left with Swedish coach and 1986 World Cup champion, Peter Ljung) rolled games of 214, 235, 233, 217, 221 and 213 to widen her lead to 126 pins heading into the final day of qualifying before the cut to the top 24.

With 449 pins for the first two games, Wegner lost 118 pins to the Aussie, who came out of the gates with 278 and 289 to jump from seventh to second place, only 62 pins behind Wegner. Whiting (right), who targets to improve on a seventh place finish last year, closed with 203, 186, 259 and 172 for 1387, the highest third-round series, to stay in second place with 3970 (220.56).

Vanessa Timter (left) of Germany fell one spot to third place with 3942 (219.00). The 31-year-old struggled today but had six solid games between 214 and 191. And there is a long way yet to go.

Multiple American Zone champion Rocio Restrepo (right) of Colombia was on course for a 290 in the last game but had to settle for 256 after a 4-6 split in the 10th frame. Despite her 1286 series was the fourth-highest of the day, the World Games champion in doubles slipped to fourth place with 3927 (218.17).

Mexico’s Maribel Orozco (left) from the host country of Mexico added 1254 to the 1355 on Monday and the 1256 on Tuesday to stay in fifth place with 3865 (214.72).

Malaysian national team member Siti Safiyah (right) rolled her highest series in the tournament so far with 1317, including four games between 222 and 241 and low games of 206 and 194, to leap two spots to sixth place with 3851 (213.94).

Krizziah Lyn Tabora (left), Philippines, was just two pins behind the Malaysian in seventh place with 3849 (213.83).

Team USA’s Erin McCarthy (right) fell from fourth to eighth place and was further two pins behind Tabora with 3847.

While the eighth place bowler is 80 pins away from fourth place, there’s a bigger gap between eight and ninth place. Edith Quintanilla (left) of El Salvador is 104 pins back in ninth place with 3743 behind a 1274 series today.

Former European Champions Cup winner Sanna Pasanen (right) of Finland is just one pin behind Quintanilla to round out the top 10 with 3742.

It currently takes an average of 191.17 to make the first cut to 24th place, an average of 213.72 to make the second cut to the top 8 and a 218.17 average to get the fourth and last spot for the TV finals.

Ingrid Julià (left) of Catalonia holds the 24th and last spot to make the first cut with 2197.

The women will return to Bol 300 Thursday morning for the fourth and last qualifying block starting at 10 a.m. Mountain Standard Time (MST).

The 53rd edition of the QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup will be held from Nov. 4-12 at Bol 300 in Hermosillo, Mexico.

All competitors will bowl 24 qualifying games over four days before the field is cut to the top 24 for eight additional games. The 32-game pinfall totals will determine the 8 players who advance to eight games round-robin match-play (30 pins for each win, 15 for a tie).

The top 4 players with highest 40-game total including bonus pins will advance to the playoffs. There will be a one-game knockout match with the No. 1 seed versus the No. 4 qualifier and No. 2 versus No. 3. The winners of each match will earn a spot in the championship game.

Bowlingdigital will provide onsite coverage of the 53rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup from Hermosillo including reports, photos and results after each round commencing with the first round of qualifying on Monday, Nov. 6, all the way through to the finals on Saturday, Nov. 11, completed in the afternoon.

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