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Zavjalova, McEwan, Zulkifli qualify for WBT Women’s Finals


Diana Zavjalova of Latvia, USA’s Danielle McEwan and Shalin Zulkifli of Malaysia finished second, third and fifth after the six participating women completed their competition in the PBA World Championship to earn the three berths for the World Bowling Tour Women’s Finals.

The WBT Men’s and Women’s Finals will be contested following the PBA World Championship finals Sunday at the National Bowling Stadium. ESPN3 will stream the finals live and ESPN will tape the finals for broadcast on Sunday, Jan. 7, at 1 p.m. EST.

The top 3 men and women each will compete for $12,500, $7,500 and $5,000 in prize money.

Zavjalova (pictured above) led the women with 169 points out of five events in the 2017 season, McEwan had 142 and Zulkifli (right) 112. Liz Johnson, USA, earned 100 points as the highest finisher among the women in the PBA World Championship standings, which is a double-points major in the 2017 WBT series, but she had no other WBT points during the 2017 season.

McEwan (left) won the 2016 WBT Women’s title by defeating Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., 256-243, under the experimental World Bowling scoring system, which retains the traditional 10-frame format, but awards 30 pins for a strike, 10 pins for a spare plus the pinfall of the first shot in the frame, and actual pinfall for an open frame.

For a spare, for example, if the player knocks down eight pins on his/her first ball and then converts the spare, he/she earns 18 pins for the frame. If a player leaves a split or misses a spare and gets only nine pins for both shots in the frame, his/her score for that frame is nine.

As of November 2017, Danielle McEwan retained her No. 1 position in the World Bowling Tour’s two-year rolling WBT points race with 420 points. Liz Johnson (right) leaped into second place with 280, while Diana Zavjalova remained in third place with 261. Anggie Ramirez Perea of Colombia dropped from second to fourth place with 218 points.

The World Bowling Tour is sanctioned by World Bowling, the governing body for the sport of bowling. The tour is the premier international bowling series that is hosted in numerous, unique cities around the globe.

Men and women compete for points to earn places on the World Bowling Tour rankings. The points system is based on a continuous two-year cycle, where points include every event from the previous two year format. “Majors” award double points.

The top three men and top three women in the annual points list compete in the season-ending WBT Men’s and Women’s Final. The 2017 finals will be held during GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX on Nov. 19 in Reno, Nevada. The PBA World Championship in Reno remains on the schedule prior to the finals.

World Bowling provides governance to international bowling and is made up of 134 bowling international federations. For more information on the World Bowling Tour, click here.

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2017 PBA World Championship Women’s Ranking

Players with position, country and ranking points.

1, Liz Johnson, USA, 100
2, Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 80
3, Danielle McEwan, USA, 70
4, Daria Pajak, Poland, 60
5, Shalin Zulkifli, Malaysia, 50
6, Amanda Fry, USA, 48

Qualifying Standings for 2017 WBT Women’s Final

Final standings after five events. Top 25 with position, country and total points earned in 2017 WBT events and the highest points in a single event (in parenthesis). Top 3 advance to the WBT Women’s Final.

1. Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 169, (80)
2. Danielle McEwan, USA, 142, (70)
3. Shalin Zulkifli, Malaysia, 112, (50)

4. Liz Johnson, USA, 100, (100)
5. Daria Pajak, Poland, 60, (60)
6. Britt Brøndsted, Denmark, 54, (50)
7. Anggie Ramirez Perea, Colombia, 52, (21)
8. Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia, 50, (50)
(tie) Birgit Pöppler, Germany, 50, (50)
10. Amanda Fry, USA, 48, (48)
11. Sin Li Jane, Malaysia, 48, (25)
12. Daphne Tan, Singapore, 40, (40)
(tie) Sanna Pasanen, Finland, 40, (40)
14. Cherie Tan, Singapore, 35, (35)
15. Nina Flack, Sweden, 33, (30)
16. Shayna Ng, Singapore, 30, (30)
17. Sandra Andersson, Sweden, 30, (24)
18. Victoria Johansson, Sweden, 29, (25)
19. Isabelle Hultin, Sweden, 29, (15)
20. Jenny Wegner, Sweden, 28, (15)
21. Joline Persson Planefors, Sweden, 27, (21)
22. Syaidatul Afifah, Malaysia, 26, (22)
23. Sharon Limansantoso, Indonesia, 25, (25)
24. Esther Cheah, Malaysia, 25, (13)
25. Maria Jose Rodriguez, Colombia, 24, (24)

WBT Women’s Point Ranking as of November 15, 2017

Players with country, ranking points earned from December 2015 through November 2017, ranking point total, highest points earned in a single event and number of top 50 finishes.

Herbert Bickel

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