Sin Li Jane and Shalin Zulkifli of Malaysia dominated the first of two qualifying squads in women’s doubles at the 2017 World Bowling Championships for men and women Tuesday at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas.
Pictured above from top left clockwise: Korea, Germany, Venezuela and Malaysia.
The duo (Zulkifli left, Sin right) toppled 2575 pins on the Beijing 39 lane conditioning pattern, an average of 214.58 and led their nearest competitor by almost 100 pins.
Sin, who won her first Professional Women’s Bowling Association title this season in the Pepsi PWBA Lincoln Open, led the way with 1314, the highest individual series of the 43 doubles competing in this squad. World Bowling Writers Hall of Famer Zulkifli added 1261.
Trailing the Malaysians by 97 pins to sit in second place were Venezuela’s Patricia De Faria and Ingellimar Contreras, who chalked up 2478.
Heading into the final game four teams were within 15 pins of the Venezuelans. When the dust had settled Germany’s Nadine Geissler and Birgit Pöppler (right, l-r) climbed into third place with 2459, including a big last game of 465.
Korean lefties Kim Minhee and Hong Haeni (left, l-r), who were tied with Natasha Roslan and Syaidatul Afifah after five games (+46 each), beat out the Malaysians for fourth place by two pins, 2448-2446.
The Koreans still have a mathematical chance to advance to the medal round later this afternoon, if none of the teams of squad 2 surpasses their score. All other teams are already out of the medal race.
Canada’s Samantha How and Isabelle Rioux, who were just one pin behind Korea and Malaysia after five games, slipped to eighth place with 2423, behind a 377 last game.
Chinese Taipei spinners Pan Yu-Fen and Wang Ya-Ting fell from third to ninth place with 364 and 2420 total after both players opened in the last frame.
Colombia’s Juliana Franco and Maria Rodriguez closed with 469 and Maxime de Rooij and Ghislaine Stigter-van der Tol of The Netherlands posted 431 but came up short to land in sixth and seventh place with 2433 and 2428, resp.
The other 42 women’s doubles took to the lanes at 60-lane South Point Bowling Plaza at 2 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST) to complete the preliminaries. The top 4 duos will join the men in the medal round scheduled to start at 5.30 p.m. with the semi-finals (no. 1 bowls no. 4 and no. 2 meets no. 3).
The winners will bowl for gold and silver and the semi-final losers both get bronze.
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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