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United States women target to defend Doubles title at World Championships


Squad 1 leader Malaysia remained unchallenged in the second squad to earn the no. 1 seed for the medal round in women’s doubles at the World Bowling Championships in Las Vegas, which will be held together with the men’s doubles finals this evening at South Point Bowling Plaza.

Joining Malaysia in the women’s finals will be Korea and two teams from the United States, who will target to defend the title from 2013.

Pictured above from top left clockwise: Korea, USA 1, USA 2 and Malaysia.

Sin Li Jane and Shalin Zulkifli (left, l-r) of Malaysia 214.58 over six games on the Beijing 39 lane conditioning pattern to lead the 85 teams with 2575 pinfall total.

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, and World Bowling Writers Hall of Famer Zulkifli added 1261.

Team USA’s Danielle McEwan and Kelly Kulick (right, l-r) led the second squad with 2549 and an average of 212.42 to earn the no. 2 seed.

Their team mates, Josie Barnes and Shannon O’Keefe (left, r-l), started their series with a huge 505 game, including a 278 by defending doubles champion O’Keefe, who won the gold medal in doubles in 2013 together with Stefanie Johnson. Barnes / O’Keefe finished with 2549 to take the fourth and last spot for the medal round.

Sandwiched between the two U.S. teams were Jung Dawun and Kim Moonjeong (right, l-r) of Korea, who had five games between 403 and 423 and a high game of 475 to claim the no. 3 seed with 2544.

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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2017 World Bowling Championships Preview

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Herbert Bickel

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