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Malaysia’s Sin Li Jane takes over lead in Women’s Bowling World Cup


Sin Li Jane (right) of Malaysia leaped one spot during the second eight-game block to take over the lead in the women’s division of the 54th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup after 16 out of 24 qualifying games at Sam’s Town Bowling Center in Las Vegas, Nev., USA.

The World and Asian champion, who owns one Professional Women’s Bowling Association Tour title, added 1709, the fifth highest series on Wednesday, to her 1732 series from Tuesday to lead the field of 68 women from as many countries with 3441 total and an average of 215.06 for 16 games.

Featured photo from left: Diana Zavjalova, Karen Marcano, Sin Li Jane and Nadine Geissler.

Multiple Pan American Bowling Confederation champion Karen Marcano (left) of Venezuela finished the second day of qualifying with games of 240, 227 and 221 for the second-best 1720 series today to leap from fifth to second place with 3398 (212.38).

Diana Zavjalova (right) of Latvia, a multiple European champion and three-time PWBA Tour champion, who led after the first day with 1749, slipped to third place with 3394 behind a 1645 series, including high games of 247, 239 and 224, but also four games under 200.

Nadine Geissler (left) of Germany had five games between 204 and 255 and three games in 170s to slip from third to fourth with 1655 and 3377 total.

Nadia Pramanik (right) of Indonesia used the fourth-best 1711 series , including a 257 closing game, the highest game of the day, to leap two spots to fifth place with 3364.

Pramanik was followed by Heidi Thorstensen (left) of Norway, who jumped from 19th to sixth place with 1685 and 3277 total.

2018 PWBA Player of the Year Shannon O’Keefe (right), USA, struggled, rolling a 157 in the fourth and averaging 198.50 for the day. Though the seven-time world champion was unable to throw strings of strikes as she usually does, she had six games between 200 and 212, but slipped from third to seventh place with 3272 total and an average of 204.50.

2013 European Champions Cup winner Sanna Pasanen (left) of Finland leaped five spots to tie O’Keefe at 3272 behind a 1655 series. Representing defending women’s champion Philippines, Alexis Sy added 1649 to the 1599 first-block series, move from 17th to ninth place with 3248.

Two-time World Cup champion Aumi Guerra (right) of the Dominican Republic (2010 & ’11) leaped five spots to round out the top 10 with 3229.

Just one pin back in 11th place was Ghislaine Stigter-Van der Tol (left) of the Netherlands, who led the second block with 1724 pinfall and an average of 215.50. The Dutch lefty, the only woman who has won four titles on the European Bowling Tour, had games of 204, 181, 245, 196, 247, 200, 215 and 236.

Daphne Tan (right) of Singapore, who won the prestigious Ballmaster Open in 2017 (Sin Li Jane won the same event in 2018), used a 1716 series, the third-highest series of the day, to leapfrog from 31st into a tie for 11th place.

With 16 of 24 qualifying games in the books, Tanya Cuva of Switzerland holds the 24th and last spot to advance with 3138 total or an average of 196.12.

Mel Oates (right) of Wales, who won the World Cup back in year 2000 under her maiden name Mel Isaac and hasn’t bowled in any tournament since the 2002 World Cup in Riga, Latvia, is just 21 pins off the pace for the top 24 in 26th place with 3117.

The women will bowl their third and final block on Thursday afternoon starting at 2 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST).

Bowlingdigital will provide on-site coverage of the 54th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup from Las Vegas including reports, photos and results from the first round all the way through to the finals on Saturday, Nov. 10, completed in the afternoon.

More details on the 54th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup, including the tournament schedule, can be found in our World Cup Preview.

All competitors at the 2018 QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup will bowl 24 qualifying games over three days before the field is cut to the top 24 for eight additional games. The 32-game pinfall totals will determine the 8 players who advance to eight games round-robin match-play (30 pins for each win, 15 for a tie).

In a change to last year, the top 4 players with highest 40-game total including bonus pins will advance to the finals. No. 1 bowls no. 4 and no. 2 bowls no. 3 in the semi-finals. The winners bowl for the title.

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