2023 IBF World Bowling Championships
Two Korean and two Malaysian cruise into next round
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5th October, Kuwait: Korea's Hong Hae Ni, Son Hye Rin and Malaysia's Sin Li Jane, Nora Lyana Nastasia cruised into the next round of the Women's Singles after winning their preliminaries at the 2023 IBF World Bowling Championships on opening day.

Hong won all her five matches in the round-robin matchplay Round 1 in Group A Pool 1 and amassed a maximum of 15 points with a total pinfall of 1105. China's Yang Liyan finished second with 9 points and 942 total to join the Korean.

In Pool 2 of Group A, Sin won four matches for 12 points with a higher total of 1142 thanks to a big game of 268 in the fifth match. The second Korean, Son was equally impressive after winning all five matches with a total of 1068 and taking a maximum of 15 points to advance into the next round. Singapore's Cherie Tan won four matches to claim second with 12 points.

A second Malaysian, Nastasia maxed out with five wins on 15 points and a total of 1046 pinfalls to join her compatriot in the next round. Veronica Cepeda defeated Denmark's Mie Agerbo Ostergaard and Canada's Samantha How in the 9 points three-way tie breaker with a 9th and 10th frame roll-off to finish second in Pool 2 of Group B to qualify for the next round.

The top 2 of Groups A and B, Pools 1 and 2 winners to advance into the next round

Canada's Marissa Naylor also defeated Colombia's Maria Camila Ferraro and Denmark's Sofie Kowalewski Rasmussen in the other 9 points three-way three-way tie breaker to clinch second in Pool 2 of Group A for the next round.

The two Pools of Group C consisting of 12 women and the two Pools of Group D consisting of another 12 women will contest their 5-games Round 1 round-robin matches tomorrow morning while the remaining Group E and F will take to the lanes on October 7.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Kuwait.

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