USA's Kelly Kulick leads top 24 women into finals at World Singles Championships

    09/24/12

    2012 WSC

    Myria Kastori of host country Cyprus shoots big last game to capture 24th place with 2435 (202.92 average)

    2012BridgestoneAdKellyKulick2.jpgKelly Kulick (pictured left) of the United States of America easily maintained the pole position in the second block of qualifying to lead the top 24 women into the single-elimination bracket finals at the World Singles Championships In Cyprus.

    Kulick, who started her international career by winning the gold medals in Singles at the 1999 World Championships and made sports history when she became the first woman to win a PBA Tour event at the 2010 PBA Tournament of Champions, led the field of 57 women from 33 countries after the first block with 1373 and added the field-best 1479 series on Sunday to finish the 12-game preliminaries with 2852 total and an average of 237.67.

    2012WSCAlenaKorobkova.jpg2012EBT12RebeckaLarsen.jpgKulick out averaged men's qualifying leader, Syafiq Ridhwan of Malaysia, by more than six pins and her nearest competitor, Alena Korobkova (left) of Russia by more than 13 pins. Korobkova, who bowled her second block Saturday, took the No. 2 seed for the finals with 2691 and an average of 224.25.

    Third place belonged to two-time European Champion Rebecka Larsen (right) of Sweden with 2689. Shannon O’Keefe, United States, who won gold in Singles at the 2007 Women's World Championships, was fourth with 2657.

    PABCON Champion Karen Marcano of Venezuela was mere six pins behind in fifth place with 2651 and was followed by two-time World Champion Clara Juliana Guerrero of Colombia in sixth place with 2623.

    2011EBT04BrittBrondsted.jpg2011BWCMaltaQSueAbela.jpgThree-time European Bowling Tour point ranking leader Britt Brøndsted (left) of Denmark and Malta's Sue Abela (right) tied at 2583 (215.25). Brøndsted took seventh place and Abela eighth due to the higher last game, 215-207, in Brøndsted's favor. The top eight players receive a first-round bye. Abela had the only other 1400-series to leap from 24th to 8th place.

    Myria Kastori from the host country Cyprus, who was 25th after the first block, finished the second block with a 257 game to help grab the 24th and last spot to advance with 2435 or an average of 202.92.

    All 57 women from 33 countries bowled 12 games of qualifying on the 41 feet WTBA Montreal oil pattern (Lane Map Guide).

    The top 24 players advanced to the finals Sept. 24 and 25. The top eight qualifiers receive one bye. In case of a tie in the standings for any position in the qualifying, the higher positioned will be the player with the highest last game (second last game, etc.). All qualifying pin fall is dropped.

    The first three rounds of the finals feature best-of-five game match play until the field is trimmed to the top four. The semifinal matches and the championship match are one-game matches.

    In each match of the final, the highest seeded player decides which player starts to play in the first game. For the first three rounds the starting player will change after each game. In case of a tie in any game, a one ball roll-off will be played and repeated until the tie is broken.

    The field will be trimmed to 16, 8, 4 and then two players who will determine the champion in the gold medal match. The semifinal losers will share the bronze medal.

    Free live streaming will be provided of the entire championships. To view the live streaming and the archived videos click here.

     


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    The top 24 advance to single-elimination bracket finals.