Women’s World Bowling Tour point ranking leader Danielle McEwan
of the United States averaged 231.40 for five games to take the lead in the women’s division of the 52nd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup after the first of four qualifying blocks at Hao’s Bowling in Shanghai, China.
Top three women after day 1 qualifying. From left to right, Sharon Limansantoso (INA), Danielle McEwan (USA) and Lisa John (ENG).
McEwan (right), who finished fourth at the World Cup in 2012 and 2013, posted games of 247, 214, 237, 243 and 216 in A squad on Monday morning to lead the field of 63 women from 63 different countries with 1157 pinfall. The next five places also belonged to bowlers from that squad.
Lisa John (left) of England was 31 pins behind McEwan in second place with 1126 and an average of 225.20. The long-time English national team member started with 237, 232, 180 and 200 and closed out the set with a huge 277 game.
Sharon Limansantoso (right) of Indonesia rebounded from a slow start (157) with four games between 212 and 244 to finish third with 1074 (214.80).
Iliana Lomeli of Mexico was fourth with 1060 and was followed by 2016 USBC Queens winner Bernice Lim of Singapore (1058) and Tanya Cuva of Switzerland (1039).
Rebecca Whiting (left) of Australia led B squad with 1039, including a 279 in game two, the highest game in the women’s division so far, to take seventh place, due to the lower last game than Cuva (212-184).
Krista Pöllänen (right) of Finland was just three pins behind the Aussie in eighth place with 1036. Rounding out the top 10 were Shir Azulay of Israel and Ksenia Apanyakina of Russia, both on 1030.
Two-time defending champion Clara Juliana Guerrero of Colombia came out of the gates quickly with 214, 245 and 200 but struggled the last two games and had to settle for 11th place after the first day with 1027 (205.40).
Felicia Wong of Canada rolled the third-highest series in B squad with 1022 to sit in 12th place. The other two-time World Cup champion in the field, Aumi Guerra of the Dominican Republic (2010 and 2011), holds the 24th and last place to advance next stage with 940 or an average of 188.00.
The women will return to Hao’s Bowling on Tuesday for the second block of qualifying. B squad starts at 3.30 p.m. China Standard Time (CST) and A squad will conclude the second day starting at 7.15 p.m.
The 52nd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup
will be held from October 14-23 at Hao’s Bowling in Shanghai, China.
Bowlingdigital.com will provide onsite coverage of the 52nd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup from Shanghai including reports, photos and results after each round. The United States Bowling Congress will provide live streaming on BowlTV.
Split into A and B squad in each division, men and women, all competitors will bowl 20 qualifying games over four days before the field is cut to the top 24 for eight additional games. The 28-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 36-game total including bonus pins will advance to the playoffs, which will be staged on a specially constructed two-lane arena in the Luwan Sports Complex which is also where Hao’s Bowling is located. This will be covered by live streaming on BowlTV and local Chinese live streaming through Ali Sports.
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.
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Women B Squad after 5 games: Top 3 L-R Felicia Wong (CAN), Rebecca Whiting (AUS) and Krista Pöllänen (FIN).
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Top 24 after 20 games will advance to the next stage