A brilliant silver for Singapore
6th September, Hong Kong: Jazreel Tan and debutant, New Hui Fen clinched another medal at the World Women Championships 2011 after defeating Denmark in the semi-finals, 454-391 to advance to the final. Jazreel Tan and New Hui Fen had make the semi-finals after finishing second to the second American pair of Carolyn Dorin-Ballard and Singapore Open champion, Kelly Kulick in yesterday's second qualifying squad.
The duo survived to make the cut in third overall after Mai Ginge Jensen and Kamilla Kjeldsen of Denmark topped the third and final squad to day to dislodge the Singapore pair into third position overall.
Hui Fen and Jazreel turned in a splendid show to eliminate the Danes, 454-391 in the semi-finals with Hui Fen posting 186 and covered by Jazreel with a sizzling 268 to advance into the final.
Squad 1 leader and fourth-seed, Shannon Pluhowsky and Liz Johnson had ousted the top seed, Dorin-Ballard and Kulick, 455-419 in the other all-American semi-final to meet the Singaporeans.
The Americans started off superbly by reeling in three consecutive strikes each as both the Singaporeans had a split each.
Jazreel did mount a comeback with two double strikes and Hui Fen also had a double strike but anchorwomen, Johnson made sure they kept their momemtum going with another turkey while Pluhowsky rolled another double to put the match beyond their opponents.
Pluhowsky ended her match with 206 to add to Johnson's 247 for a team total of 453 to take the match and the gold against Singapore's 392.
"Basically we felt that the lanes were a bit different from yestderday and during the warming up, we were able to find our lines and match up to the lanes to take the first semi-final match against the Danes," said Jazreel Tan, who fired a high scorng game of 268.
"The Danish team started stronger than us and they bowled pretty well but they kind of fizzled out in the end but we were able to make the necessary changes quicker than them and we came out on top."
"I'm very lucky to have Jazreel as my team-mate because I felt very secured bowling alongside her," said the debutant, New Hui Fen, who won her first medal with the Doubles event."
"We've done well so far winning a bronze in the singles and a silver in the doubles. We feel comfortable and I'm sure we can carry forward our form into the next two events," added Jazreel.
Jensen and Kjeldsen had earlier topped the third and final squad qualifying round with 2855 but fell short by 46 pins to finish second overall which forced the top seed to face their team-mates in the semi-finals.
The third Singapore pair of Cherie Tan and Singles bronze medalist, Shayna Ng failed to get into their strides ending the squad in 12th and 28th overall. Daphne Tan and Geraldine Ng bowled in the first squad and finished 23rd overall.
Both Denmark and the second American pair took home a silver medal each as losing semi-finalists. Jensen, who won a bronze medal in the Singles event two days earlier, topped the All Events standings with 2958.
2009 AMF World Cup champion, Caroline Lagrange of Canada, who partnered Isabelle Rioux to finish second to the Danes in the third squad and missed the cut in fifth position, is second in the standings with 2861.
Singles bronze medalist, Shayna Ng, who topped the Singles qualifying round with a record-breaking 1601, downed 1259 in her Doubles event to slip to third with 2860.
Competition shifts to the Trios event tomorrow divided into two squads and bowling the first block of three games over the medium oil pattern. The players will resume with the second block over long oil on Thursday, September 8.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Hong Kong.