Jun beats Alvarado in five games to claim Girls Masters title at 10th World Youth Championships


    2008 World Youth Championships

    Mexican Alvarado shoots 300 in semi-finals, first-ever perfecto by a girl at WYC

    2008WYCJunGwiAe.jpg Korea's Jun Gwi-Ae bested Daniela Alvarado, Mexico, three-game-to-two en route to secure the gold medal in an exciting final in the Girls Masters event in the 10th World Youth Championships on Thursday at Boardwalk Bowl in Orlando, Fla., USA.

    2008WYCDanielaAlvaradoSandraGongora.jpg The Mexican (l-r with team mate Sandra Gongora), who shot the sole 300 game of the championship in her semi-final victory over Tina Hulsch, Germany, fell in a 2-0 hole to Jun before posting two consecutive wins starting with a 279-248 in the third.

    The Korean, however, started the fifth and deciding game with the front seven and cruised to victory, 242-176.

    2008WECTinaHulsch.jpg Jun overcame a 2-1 deficit to defeat Alvarado's team mate Sandra Gongora in the semifinal, 3-2. Hulsch (left) and Gongora shared the bronze medal. Jun bowled 19 games (of maximum 20) today.

    She barely survived the first round match against Jasmine Yeong-Nathan, Singapore, which was decided after five games in the third roll-off. When Jun left three pins standing on her third frame in the one-ball roll, the Singaporean looked like the winner. However she got a six-count only giving the victory to the Korean.

    Her only match that didn't went the distance was a 3-1 victory over Rocio Restrepo from Colombia in the quarterfinal.

    Girls Masters Final - Round of 16:

    2008WYCMakiNakano2.jpg All Events champion Maki Nakano (left), Japan, Doubles champion Tina Hulsch, Germany and Mexicans Sandra Gongora and Daniela Alvarado swept their opponents, three-games-to-none, to book a spot for the Girls Masters quarterfinals.

    2008WYXRocioRestrepo3.jpg Hulsch, gold medalist in Doubles, had games of 257, 245 and 279 (781).

    Rocio Restrepo
    (right), Colombia, defeated Hulsch doubles partner Birgit Pöppler, 3-1. The other three matches went the distance.

    2008WYCTannyaRoumimper.jpg All Events Silver medalist Tannya Roumimper (left), Indonesia, won the first two games against Bianca Flanagan, but the Australian leveled the match before she fell to Roumimper, 214-207 in the decider.

    Jo Allsebrook, England, also led 2-0 but lost games 3 and 4 against Junior Team USA's Michelle Cargente. Allsebrook escaped with a 269-179 victory.

    2008WYCJasmineYeongNathan.jpg Drama is the right word for the outcome of the match between Jun Gwi Ae, Korea, and Jasmine Yeong-Nathan, Singapore.

    The two girls were deadlocked in the deciding fifth game at 216 und struck on each of their first two shots in roll-off.

    When Jun left three pins standing on her third ball, the Singaporean looked like the winner. However she got a six-count only on her next ball giving the victory to the Korean.


    2007EBT18TinaHulsch.jpg Tina Hulsch (left), Germany, stayed red hot and carried the momentum from the Round of 16 into the quarterfinal where she swept Jo Allsebrook, England, three-game-to-none.

    Korean Jun Gwi-Ae started with back-to-back 250 games against Rocio Restrepo. The Colombian won game three but lost a tight fourth game, 222-220, to give the Korean a 3-1 victory.

    Sandra Gongora from Mexico advanced to the semis with a 3-1 win over Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia, including a 237-187 in the final game.

    Gongora's teammate Daniela Alvarado - the duo captured bronze in Doubles - flew past Maki Nakano, Japan, 251-195, in the deciding fifth game, to earn the last spot for the semi-finals with a 3-2 victory.


    2008WYCDanielaAlvarado.jpg The highlight of the semi-final matches was the first 300 game ever in the history of the World Youth Championships by a girl and also the first of this year's event and the first on short/long oil condition.

    2008WYCJunGwiAe2.jpg Mexico's Daniela Alvarado (pictured) accomplished the feat in her third game against Tina Hulsch from Germany, to take a 2-1 lead. She closed out the match with a 238-203 in game #4 to advance by three-games-to-one.

    Her team mate Sandra Gongora lost her first game against Jun Gwi-Ae (right) from Korea but countered with 238 and 237 to win the next two games. The Korean equaled with a 236-203 in game #4 to force a decider. And put the match away with a 223-200 in game #5.

    Mexico's Daniela Alvarado shoots 300

    Girls Masters - Best-of-five game matches

    Single-elimination match play, the highest seed vs. the lowest seed, the second highest vs. the second lowest, and so on.