Konsteri wins his second qualifying round and leads top 8 into Men's World Ranking Masters finals



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

    2008WRMSamiKonsteri2.jpg Finn Sami Konsteri made it two out of three when he won yet another qualifying day in the Men's World Ranking Masters Sunday at Senayan Sportainment Bowling Center in Jakarta, Indonesia. The Finnish national coach, who won the qualifying on short oil on Friday, posted the highest 8-game block of the tournament with 1844 on dual lane condition (one lane with short, the other with long oil) en route secure the victory in this year's qualifying.

    Konsteri has already pocketed $3,000 bonus, $1,000 each for the daily leader on short and on dual oil condition and another $1,000 for the victory in qualifying. This is equivalent to the prize money for third and fourth place finishers.

    Konsteri will receive at least another $1,500 even if he will lose his quarterfinal match against Hussain Al-Suwaidi. The Arab slipped from second place to 8th on Sunday behind a 1528 series, the fourth-lowest of the day but secured the final qualifying post with 4892 (203.83).

    2008KSALucasLegnani2_small.jpg Four players from Asia, three from Europe and PABCON (formerly American Zone) Final Ranking Tournament winner Lucas Legnani (left), Argentina, advanced to the finals in best-of-three games single-elimination format.

    2007MOJariRatia_small.jpg Legnani, who finished the third block and the qualifying in second place with 1782 and 5106, resp., will meet Konsteri's fellow countryman Jari Ratia (right), who landed in 7th with 4925 behind a 1571 series today.

    2007BWCRyanLalisang_small.jpg In the third quarterfinal match, local favorite Ryan Lalisang (left), Indonesia, will take on Mubarak Al-Muraikhi, Qatar.

    Lalisang had a solid 1626 series on dual oil to maintain his third place with 4989. The Qatari, who was leading after 16 games, fell to sixth place with 4936 behind a 1537 series.

    2006EBT15JesperAgerbo_small.jpg The fourth match features Jesper Agerbo (right), Denmark and Zulmazran Zulkifli, Malaysia. Agerbo leaped three spots behind a 1678 series to finish qualifying in fourth place with 4947.

    Zulkifli was the sole player who moved into the top 8 on the final qualifying day. He rolled a 1735 series, the third-highest of the day, to leap from 9th to fifth place with 4942 pinfall total.

    Zulkifli's compatriot Daniel Lim fell out of the top 8 to 18th place after posting the lowest series of the day with 1415, an average of 176.88. Defending champion Stuart Williams, England, missed the cut in 20th place with 4608.

    The eight 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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