Austria's Gross, Norway's Torgersen and Malaysia's Zulkifli win in five games in Round of 24


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    Joining the trio were Khaled Al-Dossari, Thomas Larsen, Stuart Williams, Andrés Gómez and Oliver Leroy

    2012EBT13ThomasGross.jpg2012EBT04ToreTorgersen.jpgAfter four days of qualifying real action has started at the inaugural World Singles Championships in Cyprus as the single-elimination bracket finals got underway Monday morning at Galactica Bowling Center in Limassol, Cyprus featuring the top 24 men. The top eight players received first-round byes. Three of the eight first-round matches in best-of-five games format went the distance.

    After being up 2-0, Dennis Eklund of Sweden allowed Thomas Gross (pictured left) of Austria to even the match and then in the fifth and deciding game, Gross hang on to win the match, 215-194. The 2011 European Champions Cup winner meets Eklund's compatriot Martin Paulsson, seeded third, in the Round of 16.

    Former World and European champion Tore Torgersen (above right) of Norway went the distance before defeating Catalin Gheorghe of Romania, 3-2. Torgersen won the first two games, lost the next two and came back to win the deciding game, 198-193. He will take on top seeded Syafiq Ridhwan of Malaysia in the next match.

    In an all-Arabian affair, Khaled Al-Dossari of Qatar rebounded from a 200-195 loss in game one with three straight wins to eliminate Jassim Abbas of Kuwait, 3-1. Al-Dossari faces No. 4 seed Matt Miller of England.

    2012EBT09ThomasLarsen.jpg2012EBT04ZulmazranZulkifli.jpgThomas Larsen (left) of Denmark rolled games of 221, 256 and 212 to sweep Mahmoud Mazloum of Egypt, three-games-to-none. The Dane bowls 13-time PBA champion Tommy Jones, United States, on Monday afternoon.

    In the second part of the Round of 24, Zulmazran Zulkifli (right) of Malaysia battled it out with Finnish lefty Kimmo Lehtonen fort he right to challenge 13-time PBA champion Chris Barnes, United States, the No. 5 seed, in the Round of 16.

    Zulkifli almost achieved perfection winning game one, 299-217. Lehtonen rebounded with 236 and 248 to take a 2-1 lead but the Malaysian countered with back-to-back wins to advance, 3-2.

    201112PBAAndresGomez.jpg2012EBT11StuartWillams.jpgPBA champion Andrés Gómez (left) of Colombia ousted Yousif Falah of Bahrain, 3-1 to meet No. 8 seed, Mohammed Kamel of Kuwait. In an all Belgian affair, Oliver Leroy rebounded from a 1-0 deficit with three straight wins to defeat Mats Maggi, 3-1. Leroy clashes with three-time PBA champion Osku Palermaa of Finland.

    In the eighth match, PBA champion Stuart Williams (right) of England made quick work of Michael Holzapfel of Germany to meet Hong Kong's Michael Mak in the Round of 16, which will be contested Monday afternoon.
    The 71 men from 40 countries were split into four squads to bowl two blocks of six games over four days on the 41 feet WTBA Montreal oil pattern (Lane Map Guide) before the cut to the top 24 players who advanced to the finals Sept. 24 and 25.

    The top 24 players bowl for the title in single-elimination match-play bracket. 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 games 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 click here.


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    Men's Finals - Round of 16


    Men's Finals - Round of 24

    Best-of-five games bracket format; winners advance, losers eliminated