Chinese Taipei spinner Wang Ya-Ting is the early leader in Women's Singles


    2013 World Championships

    Top four spots including a fourth-place tie belong to bowlers from the Asian Bowling Federation

    2013WCWangYaTing.jpg2013WCRyuSeoYeon.jpgWang Ya-Ting (pictured left) of Chinese Taipei, who uses the helicopter-style a.k.a. "spinner" to deliver the bowling ball, averaged 222.50 Tuesday morning at Sunset Station's Strike Zone in Henderson, Nev., to become the early leader in the Women's Singles competition at the WTBA World Championships.

    Wang had games of 213, 227, 246, 180, 233 and 236 for a 1335 series on the 33-feet Sydney lane conditioning pattern to take the pole position as 107 out of 214 women have completed their six-game qualifying block.

    Ryu Seo-Yeon (above right) of Korea, formerly known as Hwang Sun-Ok, a multiple World and Asian champion, was 17 pins behind in second place with 1318 (219.67) including high games of 256, 246 and 236.

    2013WCBiancaFlanagan.jpg2013WCBerniceLim.jpgAustralia's Bianca Flanagan (left) rebounded from a slow start with 279, 224 and 213 (716) to shoot into third place with 1280 (213.33).

    Bernice Lim (right) of Singapore and Baek Seung-Ja (below left) of Korea tied for fourth at 1268 (211.33) after both finished with gig games (Lim 244, Baek 235). In case they would be still tied for fourth place at the end of the qualifying, a one-ball roll-off would be contested to determine the player who advances to the playoffs.

    The other 103 players are already out of the race for the medals. Hayley Rumkee of England was sixth with 1241 and was followed by Indonesia's Putty Armein (in seveneth place with 1225.

    2013WCBaekSeungJa.jpg2013WCPuttyArmein.jpgEighth and ninth place belonged to Alexis Sy and Rachelle Leon of the Philippines with 1225 and 1222. Rounding out the top 10 was Sun Hongdou of China with 1221.

    The two bowlers from the host country United States, Missy Parkin and Kelly Kulick, who made sports history by winning the 2010 PBA Tournament of Champions to become the first woman to win a PBA Tour event, finished in 13th and 35th place, respectively.

    Defending Singles World Champion Jacqueline Sijore (below right) of Malaysia was 189 pins off the pace for the medals in 62nd place with 1079 (179.83).

    Squad B bowlers will complete the qualifying Monday afternoon. The playoffs are scheduled to start at 5 p.m. PDT.

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    2013WCLogo.jpg 2013WCJacquelineSijore.jpgThe World Tenpin Bowling Association World Championships run from Aug. 16 thru 31, 2013 at Sunset Station's Strike Zone in Henderson, Nev. in the Las Vegas area. The Championships will award medals in six disciplines - Singles, Doubles, Trios, Team, All Events and Masters.

    The entire competition will be broadcast live on's BowlTV. Bowling fans will be able to watch live and on demand for free. The schedule is available at


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