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Birgit Pöppler leads top 32 women into group finals at World Singles Championships


2016WSCBirgitPoppler4Birgit Pöppler of Germany averaged 225.92 over twelve games to win the qualifying of the women’s World Singles Championships Wednesday at Qatar Bowling Center in Doha.

The European champion and 2012 European Bowling Tour women’s point ranking leader (pictured right) led the first round with 938 four-game total, was second in round two with 897 and third in round three with 879 to lead the 53-player field from 33 countries with 2711 total pinfall.

Pictured above are the top three qualifiers in the Women’s World Singles Championships. From left, Clara Juliana Guerrero, Birgit Pöppler and Rocio Restrepo.

Pöppler leads the top 32 players into Thursday’s group finals. As the No. 1 seed, she will be the head of Group A.

2016WSCClaraJulianaGuerrero2Trailing Pöppler by 53 pins to finish qualifying in second place was Clara Juliana Guerrero of Colombia. The two-time World Champion and World Cup champion posted the highest four-game series of the Championships of 966 in round three to jump from 9th to second place with 2658 (221.50).

2016WSCClaraJulianaGuerrero3Guerrero, who rolled games of 226, 258, 224 and 258, received the daily high series award of $200 (pictured right), paid by the Qatar Bowling Federation. The PWBA and three-time PBA Regional champion was assigned to Group B.

2016WSCRocioRestrepo2Her teammate Rocio Restrepo (left) was further 61 pins back in third place with 2597 (216.42). The multiple Central American champion, who led the second round on the 4o foot Athens lane conditioning pattern with 955 added 851 on Wednesday to move up one spot to third place. Restrepo will spearhead Group C.

2016WSCNewHuiFenNew Hui Fen (right) of Singapore, the 2016 PWBA Rookie of the Year, slipped two spots to fourth place and will be the top seed in Group D. New finished qualifying with 837 and 2595 total (216.25).

2016WSCSinLiJaneSin Li Jane (left) of Malaysia was fifth with 2582 and was followed by 2016 World Cup champion Jenny Wegner of Sweden and Pöppler’s compatriot Laura Beuthner, who were tied for sixth place with 2542 (211.83).

2015EBT10BrittBrondstedFormer World Ranking Masters champion Britt Brøndsted (right) made the first cut in eighth place with 2540 (211.67) and was followed by Lara Posadas, Philippines, in 9th place with 2536 (211.33) and Sanna Pasanen of Finland, who rounds out the top 10 with 2527 (210.58).

2016PWBA13KellyKulickDefending World Singles champion Kelly Kulick (left), United States, was 17th with 2446 (203.83).

2016EBT04NadezdaKorablinovaNadezda Korablinova (right) of Russia took the 32nd and last spot to advance with 2254 and an average of 187.83.

The top 32 women will return to Qatar Bowling Center on Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. Arabia Standard Time (AST).

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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2016 World Singles Championships – Women’s Qualifying after Block 3

Top 32 advance and 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).

Herbert Bickel

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