Zara Giles continues to lead the women's division after Block 2

    11/18/09

    2009 BWC

    Favorites move closer together after 16 of 24 games before the first cut

    2009BWCZaraGiles3.jpg2009BWCEvgeniaTsarkova3.jpgLong-time English national team member Zara Giles (pictured left) rolled a solid 1687 series on the second day of qualifying to continue to lead the women's division of the 45th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup with 3492 pinfall total and an average of 218.25 for 16 games.

    Giles, who won three gold medals at the World Championships in Malaysia in 2003, rolled six games between 205 and 245, 196 and a low game of 150 Tuesday afternoon at 52-lane Melaka International Bowling Center in Melaka, Malaysia, to maintain a 21-pin lead over second placed Evgenia Tsarkova (right), Russia.

    The Russian narrowed the gap thanks to a 1720 series, one of six 1700-plus series in the women's division today, including seven games between 208 and 246 and a low game of 186. Tsarkova has totaled 3471 pins, an average of 216.94.

    2009BWCCarolineLagrange2.jpg2009BWCLizaDelRosario3.jpgCaroline Lagrange (left), Canada, was the sole women, who cracked the 1800-bar on Tuesday. The BWC debutant started her series with a 269 and added seven games between 203 and 236 for 1805 8-game total and an average of 225.63 for the day. Lagrange jumped from 10th to third place with 3459 pinfall total (216.19).

    Baek Seung-ja, Korea, added 1770 to the 1682 from yesterday to leap two places into fourth with 3452. Liza del Rosario (right), Philippines, used the second-highest series (1782) to move from 11th to fifth place with 3431.

    2007 World Cup champion and last year's runner-up, Ann-Maree Putney, Australia, leaped one spot to sixth with 3383 behind a 1705 series. Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, and Laura Rhoney, Scotland, fell two and four spots, respectively, to sit in 7th and 8th place with 3360 and 3356.

    2009BWCSitiSafiyahAmirah2.jpg2009BWCWisemanMilliganEdwards.jpgThe favorites moved closer together after 16 of 24 games in the books before the first cut. Just outside the top 8 looking in are reigning World Ranking Masters champion Siti Safiyah Amirah (left, 9th, 3348), Malaysia; 2007 BWC second runner-up and World Youth Championship gold medalist, Tina Hulsch (10th, 3323), Germany; and U.S. Open and Pan Am Games champion Tennelle Milligan (11th, 3317), United States.

    The picture on the right shows Tennelle (center) with Team USA head coach, Jeri Edwards (right) and USBS Senior Public Relations Coordinator, Lucas Wiseman (left).

    2009BWCHelenJohnsson.jpg2009BWCWendyKok.jpgDutch Wendy Kok (left) used a 278, the highest game in the women's division thus far, to leap into 12th place with 3304.

    World and European champion Helen Johnsson (right), Sweden, fell one spot to 14th with 3272, immediately followed by Joey Yip, Hong Kong, who dropped from third to 15th with 3267.

    Isabelle Sacco, France, moved up sixth spots into 16th place with 3252, with Reija Lunden, Finland, in 17th at 3250.

    Sayuri Yamada, Mexico, moved into the top 24 with 3188 total, good for 21st place. Beatrix Pesek, Hungary, used a 1718 series to leapfrog from 39th to 23rd place with 3180. Katrien Goossens, Belgium, currently holds the 24th and final spot to advance with 3144 or an average of 196.50.

    Putty Armein, Indonesia, is the sole favorite not among the top 24 in 29th place with 3081, 63 pins off the pace for the first cut.

    The 66 women from 66 countries are done for today and will return on Wednesday morning for the third and final qualifying block before the cut to the top 24 players.

    2009BWCLogo_small.jpg The 45th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup drew 153 players - 87 men and 66 women - from 91 countries.

    All players in each division, men and women, will bowl 24 qualifying games over three days. As the 52-lane center is split in two sections, each 8-game block will be divided into two blocks with 4 games being bowled on lanes 1-26 and 4 games on lanes 27-52. The top 24 qualifiers in each division will advance to the intermediate round with the 24-game total being carried forward.

    Those 24 men and 24 women will bowl a further 8 games to cut to the top 8 who will advance to the quarterfinals with the 32-game total being carried forward.

    Those 8 men and 8 women will determine the three finalists in round robin match play plus position round (total 8 games).

    The semifinals and the finals will be decided in best-of-three games format. No. 3 bowls No. 2 for the right to bowl No. 1 for the title. The highest seed player will have the choice of starting lane. The United States (men) and Singapore (women) are the defending champions.

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    Women's Qualifying after the second block of 8 games