Wendy Chai moves atop the women's QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup

    11/21/05

    41st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup

    Gladiator Bowling Center in Ljubljana, Slovenia

     Wendy Chai is the new leader in the women's division of the 41st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup at Gladiator Bowling Center in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The Malaysian international, who won the Asian Tournament of Champions earlier this year, posted a 1443 six-game total Tuesday to move up one spot into the lead with 2766 pinfall total and an average of 230,50 over 12 games.

    Team USA's Lynda Barnes shot the field-best 1453-series to leap into second place with 2753. Previous leader Helen Johnsson slipped to third with 2704. Fourth place belonged to 21-year-old English youth international Fiona Banks with 2828.

    Nadia Aqeel of Bahrain is fifth with 2576, while Ann Louise Haugen is sixth with 2532 and Bigi Manico of Switzerland, the top lefty in the field, seventh with 2510. Rounding out the top 8 is multiple French champion and World Games winner in Mixed Doubles, Isabelle Saldjian, at 2495.

    Piritta Kantola of Finland finished with the women's high game of 280 to leap into 17th place with 2356. The 68 women will return on Wednesday morning at 8 a.m. (Squad B) and 11.30 a.m. (Squad A) for the third block of six games. The top 24 after 24 games will advance to the next stage.


    Women Round 2

    A and B Squad after 12 games
    Players with position, country, 12-game total (block 1-2) and average

    1. Wendy Chai, MAS, 2766 (1323-1443), 230,50
    2. Lynda Barnes, USA, 2753 (1300-1453), 229,42
    3. Helen Johnsson, SWE, 2704 (1341-1363), 225,33
    4. Fiona Banks, ENG, 2628 (1226-1402), 219,00
    5. Nadia Aqeel, BHR, 2576 (1274-1302), 214,67
    6. Ann Louise Haugen, NOR, 2532 (1258-1274), 211,00
    7. Bigi Manico, SUI, 2510 (1273-1237), 209,17
    8. Isabelle Saldjian, FRA, 2495 (1261-1234), 207,92
    9. Nardy del Biondo, VEN, 2472 (1155-1317), 206,00
    10. Marieke de Jong, NED, 2418 (1278-1140), 201,50
    11. Aida Granillo , ESA, 2406 (1235-1171), 200,50
    12. Patricia Schwarz, GER, 2390 (1187-1203), 199,17
    13. Ellen Ramos, PHI, 2383 (1141-1242), 198,58
    14. Trine Daugbjerg Simonsen, DEN, 2381 (1189-1192), 198,42
    15. Iliana Lomelí, MEX, 2371 (1155-1216), 197,58
    16. Ina Kunts, BLR, 2369 (1202-1167), 197,42
    17. Piritta Kantola, FIN, 2356 (1115-1241), 196,33
    18. Laura Meade, IRE, 2352 (1126-1226), 196,00
    19. Beatrix Pesek, HUN, 2339 (1213-1126), 194,92
    20. Clair Johnston, AUS, 2333 (1119-1214), 194,42
    21. Olga Tarasova, UKR, 2320 (1142-1178), 193,33
    22. Carmen Tang, HKG, 2316 (1106-1210), 193,00
    23. Lorraine Casha, MLT, 2310 (1144-1166), 192,50
    24. Natalia Martin, POL, 2276 (1148-1128), 189,67
    25. Aumi Guerra, DOM, 2275 (1204-1071), 189,58
    26. Lynda Black-Watson, NIR, 2273 (1169-1104), 189,42
    27. Cherie Shi Hua Tan, SIN, 2272 (1130-1142), 189,33
    28. Natassa Rovothaki, GRE, 2267 (1103-1164), 188,92
    29. Veronica Lalande-Lapointe, CAN, 2263 (1135-1128), 188,58
    30. Suzuna Miyagi, JPN, 2259 (1126-1133), 188,25
    31. Evelyn Tutschka, AUT, 2249 (1163-1086), 187,42
    32. Sue Thomas, WLS, 2241 (1059-1182), 186,75
    33. Belinda Tan, NZL, 2228 (1133-1095), 185,67
    34. Sandra Torrents, SPA, 2219 (1025-1194), 184,92
    35. Myria Kastori, CYP, 2196 (1118-1078), 183,00
    36. Samy-Anna Saba, EGT, 2189 (1067-1122), 182,42
    37. Yifat Tal, ISR, 2184 (1103-1081), 182,00
    38. Ana Maria Benko, ARG, 2183 (1095-1088), 181,92
    (tie) Piia Lutt, EST, 2183 (1127-1056), 181,92
    40. Daniele Amsellem, MOR, 2174 (1039-1135), 181,17
    41. Olga Tabachkova, RUS, 2158 (1040-1118), 179,83
    42. Jacqui MacColl, SCO, 2157 (1069-1088), 179,75
    43. Veronika Solozhenkina, KAZ, 2127 (1101-1026), 177,25
    44. Sumathi Nallabantu, IND, 2124 (1107-1017), 177,00
    45. Stepheny Le Lion, JER, 2113 (1071-1042), 176,08
    46. Filomena Choi, Macao, 2111 (1091-1020), 175,92
    47. Dana Hanusova, CZE, 2109 (1028-1081), 175,75
    48. Anna Cionna, ITA, 2106 (981-1125), 175,50
    49. Sandrine Peelman, BEL, 2098 (1033-1065), 174,83
    50. Polina Schischmanova, BUL, 2078 (1035-1043), 173,17
    51. Marie-Pierre Tartaroli, REU, 2076 (1007-1069), 173,00
    52. Odette Piticariu, ROM, 2075 (1015-1060), 172,92
    53. Gudny Gunnarsdottir, ICE, 2053 (970-1083), 171,08
    54. Nadezda Logetskaya, AZE, 2012 (952-1060), 167,67
    (tie) Julie Jackson, GIB, 2012 (1035-977), 167,67
    56. Daiva Perminiene, LIT, 1995 (969-1026), 166,25
    57. Rahma Mubarak Al Sharqi, UAE, 1984 (1045-939), 165,33
    58. Ljiljana Rakamaric, CRO, 1938 (941-997), 161,50
    59. Elena Sergeeva, UZB, 1936 (964-972), 161,33
    60. Monika Bozsoky, SLK, 1906 (968-938), 158,83
    61. Barbara Brezic, SLO, 1879 (913-966), 156,58
    62. Gordana Radulovich, SMO, 1820 (910-910), 151,67
    63. Rita de Franco, ETH, 1797 (861-936), 149,75
    64. Manuela Soares, POR, 1793 (967-826), 149,42
    65. Elena Capatina, MOL, 1780 (887-893), 148,33
    66. Diane Moore, IOM, 1766 (881-885), 147,17
    67. Antonieta Costa, AZO, 1760 (877-883), 146,67
    68. Joanne Johnson, GUE, 1731 (876-855), 144,25


    Chai, Barnes and Banks show great women's bowling in Squad B  Malaysia's Wendy Chai, Team USA's Lynda Barnes and Fiona Banks of England dominated the 35 bowlers of Squad B during the second block in the 41st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Overall Chai (2766) retained a slim 13-pin lead over Barnes (2753) with Banks (2628) in third place.

    All three posted 1400-plus series over the six games this afternoon, but it was the U.S. champion (pictured), who led the squad with 1453 and a 242,17 average. The reigning U.S. National Amateur Champion and 3-time American Zone gold medalist came out of the gates quickly with games of 267, 246 and 258 for a 771 three-games series. Barnes, wife of PBA superstar Chris Barnes, finished with games of 202, 211 and 269. Her 973 four-game total was just 14 pins shy of the 987 her husband posted in the first round of the USBC Masters - over five games.

    The picture shows Lynda and team mate Rhino page checking the early USBC Masters results immediately after she had finished bowling.

     "When you watch performances like that it's just fun", said Team USA head coach Jeri Edwards. "It was a great squad to watch. Lynda did not only score great, she also bowled beautifully today."

    "I tacked the lanes differently today and used different balls (Triple X, Diablo). In the fourth game, I just didn't make my adjustments fast enough", said Lynda (pictured). "However, I don't need to peak today, there are still a lot games to go."

    Barnes, Chai and Banks began to pull away after three games and the 21-year-old English youth international led the squad after four (977) and five (1189) games. A 213 final game was not enough and both Chai (268) and Barnes (269) overtook Banks with high scores.

    Overnight leader Helen Johnsson and the other 32 players of Squad A take on the lanes a 8 p.m. Johnsson needs 1426 (237,67) to remain in the lead after day two.


    Women Round 2

    B Squad after 12 games
    Players with position, country, 12-game total (block 1-2) and average

    1. Wendy Chai, MAS, 2766 (1323-1443), 230,50
    2. Lynda Barnes, USA, 2753 (1300-1453), 229,42
    3. Fiona Banks, ENG, 2628 (1226-1402), 219,00
    4. Nadia Aqeel, BHR, 2576 (1274-1302), 214,67
    5. Ann Louise Haugen, NOR, 2532 (1258-1274), 211,00
    6. Isabelle Saldjian, FRA, 2495 (1261-1234), 207,92
    7. Nardy del Biondo, VEN, 2472 (1155-1317), 206,00
    8. Marieke de Jong, NED, 2418 (1278-1140), 201,50
    9. Patricia Schwarz, GER, 2390 (1187-1203), 199,17
    10. Trine Daugbjerg Simonsen, DEN, 2381 (1189-1192), 198,42
    11. Laura Meade, IRE, 2352 (1126-1226), 196,00
    12. Olga Tarasova, UKR, 2320 (1142-1178), 193,33
    13. Carmen Tang, HKG, 2316 (1106-1210), 193,00
    14. Lorraine Casha, MLT, 2310 (1144-1166), 192,50
    15. Natalia Martin, POL, 2276 (1148-1128), 189,67
    16. Lynda Black-Watson, NIR, 2273 (1169-1104), 189,42
    17. Cherie Shi Hua Tan, SIN, 2272 (1130-1142), 189,33
    18. Veronica Lalande-Lapointe, CAN, 2263 (1135-1128), 188,58
    19. Evelyn Tutschka, AUT, 2249 (1163-1086), 187,42
    20. Sue Thomas, WLS, 2241 (1059-1182), 186,75
    21. Belinda Tan, NZL, 2228 (1133-1095), 185,67
    22. Ana Maria Benko, ARG, 2183 (1095-1088), 181,92
    (tie) Piia Lutt, EST, 2183 (1127-1056), 181,92
    24. Jacqui MacColl, SCO, 2157 (1069-1088), 179,75
    25. Veronika Solozhenkina, KAZ, 2127 (1101-1026), 177,25
    26. Dana Hanusova, CZE, 2109 (1028-1081), 175,75
    27. Anna Cionna, ITA, 2106 (981-1125), 175,50
    28. Sandrine Peelman, BEL, 2098 (1033-1065), 174,83
    29. Odette Piticariu, ROM, 2075 (1015-1060), 172,92
    30. Gudny Gunnarsdottir, ICE, 2053 (970-1083), 171,08
    31. Julie Jackson, GIB, 2012 (1035-977), 167,67
    32. Elena Sergeeva, UZB, 1936 (964-972), 161,33
    33. Barbara Brežič, SLO, 1879 (913-966), 156,58
    34. Diane Moore, IOM, 1766 (881-885), 147,17
    35. Joanne Johnson, GUE, 1731 (876-855), 144,25