Near miss for Singaporean

3rd September, Hong Kong: Guangzhou Asian Games gold medalist, Geraldine Ng missed the top 4 spots by 14 pins despite finishing third in the opening squad of the Singles event at the World Women Championship 2011 underway at Hong Kong Bowling City.
Geraldine Ng, who finished a strong third behind leader Son Yun-Hee of Korea and Shannon O'Keefe of the United States, started with 226 followed with 265 and 234 for a splendid 725 series while her pacing partner, Daphne Tan rolled 247, 257 and 227 for 731 series and was third at the halfway mark.

Geraldine shot another superb second half series of 706 for a 6-game total of 1431 but had to settle for third position in the squad, 10 pins behind Shannon O'Keefe of the United States in second.

Korea stamped their mark with Guangzhou Asian Games multiple medalist, Son Yun-Hee topping the squad with a record-breaking 1496 total, erasing the 1407 set by her copatriot, Cha Mi-Jung in 1999.

The Korean also set a new 3-game series of 771, breaking the mark of 747 set by Clara Juliana Guerrero of Colombia also in 1999.

The pace of the second squad was even hotter than the first with Malaysia's debutant, Jacqueline Sijore finishing as leader with 1486 but missed the benchmark set by the Korean in Squad 1.
Sijore, however set another new 3-game series of 812 after she rolled 266, 279 and 267. Denmark's Anja Ginge Jensen took second spot with 1442 while Tali Itzhak of Israel finished third with 1428.

Indonesia Open champion, New Hui Fen did well to take up fifth in the squad with 1388 and Jazreel Tan finished in the top 10 with 1366.

Son Yun-Hee of Korea remained in the lead with 1496 after the two squads were combined ahead of the Malaysian in second. The Dane finished third and O'Keefe took fourth spot. Geraldine missed the top 4 by 10 pins to end in fifth overall.

The third pair of Cherie Tan amd Shayna Ng will contest their Singles event in the third squad on Sunday, September 4. The top 4 overall finishers will make the cut for the semi-finals and finals best-of-5 shootout.

Detailed scores: Singles Combined | Singles Squad 2 | Singles Squad 1 | Photo Album.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Hong Kong.