Aumi Guerra targets second consecutive women's Bowling World Cup title


    2011 BWC

    Defending champions is 549 pins ahead of fourth place with only eight games to go

    2011BWCAumiGuerra4.jpg2011BWCSandraAndersson2.jpgDefending women's champion Aumi Guerra (pictured left), will get a chance to become just second woman in the Bowling World Cup history to win back-to-back titles as the Dominican Republic representative has practically secured berth into the stepladder finals though the top 8 women still have to bowl another eight games before the cut to the top 3, who will determine the champion in head-to-head matches.

    Guerra averaged 235.63 over eight games in the Round of 24 to easily maintain her lead with 6748 pinfall total and an average of 241 for 28 games. Guerra widened her lead to 340 pins but - even more important - leads fourth-place Sandra Andersson (right) of Sweden by 549 pins.

    2011BWCDiandraAsbaty3.jpg2011BWCKristaPollanen2.jpgIf Guerra would just average even based on a 200 average, Andersson would have to average almost 270 to surpass Guerra. You don't need to be a prophet to know that this will never ever happen.

    Guerra had a seven games between 223 and 263 and a low game of 212 to lead Team USA's Diandra Asbaty (left), who remained in second place with 6408 behind an 1880 block on Monday. Asbaty is 166 pins ahead of Cherie Tan, Singapore, who held on to the third place with 6242, and 209 pins ahead of Andersson.

    The Swede rolled a, 1866 set to leap from sixth to fourth place with 6199. Andersson's feat came at the expense of Krista Pöllänen (above right), Finland, and Liza Clutario, Philippines, who fell one spot to fifth and sixth place with 6158 and 6094, respectively.

    2011BWCLisaJohn.jpg2011BWCEvgeniyaZelenkova2.jpgStarting the day in eighth place, Dutch Wendy Kok posted an 1831 series to move into seventh place with 6072. Former European champion Lisa John (left), England, fired the field-best 1901 series, an average of 237.63, to help grab the eighth and last place to advance with 5984 (213.71).

    Russia's Evgeniya Zelenkova (right), who slipped from seventh place out of the top 8 behind games of 161 and 176 in games 26 and 27 rebounded with 248 in the last game but fell four pins short and had to settle for ninth place with 5980,

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    The 69 women, who participated in the 47th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup at Northcliff Bowling Center in Johannesburg, South Africa, bowled 20 qualifying games, four blocks of five games on four days, before the field was cut to the top 24 who bowled eight additional games on Monday, Dec. 5.

     The top 8 from left to right - Andersson, Tan, Pöllänen, Clutario, Asbaty, John, Guerra and Kok. Click on the image to enlarge it.

    The top eight after 28 games advanced to the Round of 8 on Tuesday, Dec. 6, and will bowl another eight games to cut to the top three for the stepladder finals on Wednesday, Dec. 7.

    Photos: Beat Grauwiler.


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