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Korea’s Hong Haeni sets the pace in Women’s Singles to start World Championships


Hong Haeni from South Korea averaged over 220 Saturday morning at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas to set the pace in women’s singles, the opening event of the 2017 World Bowling Championships for men and women.

Pictured above from left: Chan Shuk Han, Hong Haeni, Mai Ginge Jensen and Putty Armein.

Haeni (left), a newcomer on the Korean national team, came out of the gates with games of 221, 246 and 255 for a 722 three-game series and maintained her lead with 181, 221 and 206 for 1330 total and an average of 221.67 for six games.

Thanks to finishing the last game with a five-bagger, Haeni had an 18-pin cushion over Mai Ginge Jensen (right) of Denmark and Chan Shuk Han of Hong Kong, who tied for second place at 1312.

Jensen, who won the gold medal in all-events at the 2011 Women’s World Championships in Hong Kong, averaging 239.33 for 24 games, closed her set with 244 and 256, while Han (left), a multiple Asian ranking winner, struck on four of her last five shots.

Putty Armein (right) of Indonesia used a pair of 234 games in the fourth and sixth game to beat out multiple world champion Shannon Pluhowsky, United States, for fourth place by just one pin, 1272 to 1271.

The top 4 have to sit and wait for the results of the second squad later on Saturday afternoon, after which the field will be trimmed to the top 4 for the medal round, which will be held together with the men on Monday morning, Nov. 27.

Pluhowsky (left) and the other 83 athletes of the squad 1 are already eliminated. In case Jensen and Han will be pushed to fourth place, a one-ball roll-off will be contested to break the tie. If they remain in second place, they will bowl each other in the semi-final anyway.

The World Bowling Championships for men and women will be held from Nov. 25 through Dec. 4 at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.

The Championships will award medals in six disciplines in each division – singles, doubles, trios, team, all-events and masters.

Bowlingdigital will provide onsite coverage of the combined World Championships including reports, photos and results after each round commencing with women’s singles preliminaries on Saturday, Nov. 25, all the way through to masters match play on Monday, Dec. 4, completed in the late afternoon.

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2017 World Bowling Championships – Women Singles preliminaries after Squad 1/2

Top 4 athletes will advance the the medal round on Monday, Nov. 27

Herbert Bickel

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