Karen Marcano wins qualifying in Women's World Ranking Masters to earn No. 1 seed for Single-Elimination finals



    Senayan Sportainment Bowling Center in Jakarta, Indonesia (April 30 - May 6, 2008)

    2008WRMKarenMarcano2.jpg Karen Marcano, Venezuela, dominated the women's division in the World Ranking Masters on day three qualifying on dual lane condition (one lane with short, the other with long oil) en route to earn the No. 1 seed for the best-of-three games single-elimination finals.

    Photo: Yap Kok Wee.

    Marcano rolled a 1716 8-game series on Sunday and outscored her next-closest competitor, Latvian Diana Zavjalova, by 90 pins. The Venezuelan, a familiar face in the World Ranking Masters, totaled 4832 pins over 24 games, to win the qualifying with 201.33 average. She earned a $1,000 bonus for leading the women on dual lane condition and another $1,000 for winning the qualifying.

    The top 8 qualifiers consist of four players from Asia, two each from Malaysia and the host country of Indonesia, two Americans, Karen and her sister Alica Marcano, and two play players from Europe, Zavjalova and Finn Krista Pöllänen.

    2007BWCPuttyArrmein_small.jpg Marcano, who was the sole player with a 200-plus average, will meet No. 8 Putty Armein (left) from Indonesia, who beat out European ranking champion Kirsten Penny, England, for the 8th and final qualifying spot by four pins with 4632 or an average of 193.00.

    2006EBT18DianaZavjalova_small.jpg Second-place finisher Shalin Zulkifli, Malaysia (4740) will take on Diana Zavjalova (right), the No. 18 in the 2007 European rankings, who landed in 7th place with 4635.

    2008WRMTannyaRoumimper2_small.jpg The other player from Indonesia, Tannya Roumimper (left), who led the field after the first two days, slipped to third behind a 1494 series on dual lane condition with 4725 pinfall total. She will take on 2005 WRM runner-up Wendy Chai, Malaysia, who avoided a clash with her team mate Zulkifli by finishing sixth, just one pin ahead of Zavjalova with 4636.

    2007WRMAliciaMarcano_small.jpg In the fourth match, Krista Pöllänen and Alicia Marcano (right) will face off. The Finn finished qualifying in fourth place with 4707, while the Venezuelan was fifth with 4650.

    2007SinaiOpenKimEunJung_small.jpg Asian ranking champion Kim Eun Jung (left) finished qualifying despite a severe knee injury. The Korean, who also led the Asian Bowling Federation Tour rankings in 2007, rolled the fifth-highest series on dual lane condition (1604) but had no chance to make the top 8 behind a 1386 series on short oil. Eun Jung finished 14th with 4510 and an average of 187.92.

    2007WRMAumiGuerra_small.jpg Aumi Guerra (right), Dominican Republic, who won the 2008 PABCON (formerly American Zone) Ranking Final did not compete in the World Ranking Masters.

    The finalists will return for the quarterfinals later this afternoon. The semi-finals and the title match will be held on Monday. The champion will walk a way with the $10.000 (approx. $6,425) top prize.

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