While the most of the top 24 women were struggling on the challenging lane condition Friday morning at Hao’s Bowling in Shanghai, China, Syaidatul Afifah
of Malaysia averaged more than 228 to move inside the top 8, who advanced to round robin match play at the 52nd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup.
Starting the day in 11th place and 204 pins off the pace for the top 8, Afifah had to out average at lead three bowlers ahead of her by up to 25 pins in the eight-game round. She rolled games of 237, 211, 243, 212, 229, 256, 201 and 237 for 1826 (228.25) and 5776 to accomplish the feat.
With eight games of round robin match play (30 pins bonus for each win, 15 for a tie) to go on Friday, the 24-year-old right-hander is just 74 pins behind fourth place.
Qualifying leader Bernice Lim (left) of Singapore had a rough day but remained atop the leaderboard with 5985 28-game total. Lim, who averaged 223.50 for 20 qualifying games, toppled 1515 pins this morning, an average of 189.38, including five games under 200 and a high game of 214.
Danielle McEwan, United States (1594), remained in second place with 5939 and was followed by Lisa John of England with 5885. John was the only other player in the top 8 who averaged over 200 in the Round of 24 (1606) to leap from fourth to third place.
Fourth place belonged to Jenny Wegner (left) of Sweden, who used a 1575 series to leap one spot with 5854. Rebecca Whiting of Australia also moved up one position to fifth place with 1595 and 5814 total.
Nadine Geissler of Germany slipped from third to sixth place behind a 1489 series and with 5789 total. Iliana Lomeli of Mexico, who averaged 240 in the last qualifying block Thursday, remained in seventh place with 1577 and 5781, just five pins ahead of Afifah.
China’s Zhang Yuhong rolled the second-highest of just five series over 1600, a 200 average, but failed to advance in 11th place with 5575, 201 pins below the cut line.
Two-time defending World Cup champion Clara Juliana Guerrero (left; 2014, ’15) of Colombia had the third-highest 1649 set to finish in 12th place with 5532. The other two-time World Cup champion in the field, Aumi Guerra (below right; 2010, ’11), Dominican Republic, was also sidelined after finishing with 1523 and 5427 in 17th place.
The top 8 players, men and women, will return to Hao’s Bowling on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. China Standard Time (CST) for eight games of round robin match play before the cut to the top 4, who will bowl for the title in an arena-style finale at Luwan Sports Complex which is also where Hao’s Bowling is located. The show starts at 2 p.m. CST.
The 52nd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup
will be held from October 14-23 at Hao’s Bowling in Shanghai, China.
Bowlingdigital.com will provide onsite coverage of the 52nd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup from Shanghai including reports, photos and results after each round. The United States Bowling Congress will provide live streaming on BowlTV.
Split into A and B squad in each division, men and women, all competitors will bowl 20 qualifying games over four days before the field is cut to the top 24 for eight additional games. The 28-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).
The top 4 players with highest 36-game total including bonus pins will advance to the playoffs, which will be staged on a specially constructed two-lane arena in the Luwan Sports Complex which is also where Hao’s Bowling is located. This will be covered by live streaming on BowlTV and local Chinese live streaming through Ali Sports.
There will be a one-game knockout match with the No. 1 seed versus the No. 4 qualifier and No. 2 versus No. 3. The winners of each match will earn a spot in the championship game.
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The top 8 women in the 52nd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup: From left, Iliana Lomeli (MEX), Lisa John (ENG), Bernice Lim (SIN), Danielle McEwan (USA), Jenny Wegner (SWE), Rebecca Whiting (AUS), Syaidatul Afifah (MAS) and Nadine Geissler (GER).
52ndQubicaAMF Bowling World Cup – Women’s Round of 24 Results
Top 8 advance to round robin match play