7th October, Kuwait: Ka Yun Mi scored the maximum of 15 points in Group E Pool 1 and her compatriot, Kim Hyun Mi topped Group F Pool 1 of the Women's Singles preliminaries of the 2023 IBF World Bowling Championships to advance into the next round and joined by six others.
Ka won her five matches with lines of 279, 214, 248, 279 and 212 for the highest 5-game total pinfalls todate and 15 points. Singapore's New Hui Fen and China's Peng Rui had to endure a 9th and 10th tie-breaker roll-off after tieing at 7 points a piece.
The Singaporean survived in the roll-off by defeating Peng to clinch second spot in the pool and advanced into the next round. Saskia Malz of Germany, with 6 points in the bag after four matches, had a chance to seal second spot when she faced Sawsan Mohammad of Kuwait in her final match.
The German only needed a high pin count in her last frame and convert the spare to beat the Kuwaiti but delivered a wash out leaving a 4-pin split which she failed to convert thereby losing the match to Sawsan, 169-181.
Maria Jose Rodriguez of Colombia topped Pool 2 winning four matches to earn 12 points to advance. Malaysia's Gillian Lim won three and drew one match to earn 10 points to finish second and join the Colombian in the next round.
The second Korean, Kim along with Laura Beuthner of Germany both won four matches each for 12 points to finish in the top positions to advance to the next round. A second Malaysian, Natasha Roslan and a second Colombian, Juliana Botero both scored 12 points each with four wins to advance as top two finishers.
All the six groups of the Women's division in the Singles have completed their preliminaries and the top 24 will be drawn into four separate groups in Round 2 to be contested in the same format as Round 1. The winner of each group will qualify for the semi-finals and final shooutout on October 9.
Hong Kong, China national secures Round 2 spot
Quartet puts up a convincing Round 1 wins to advance
Four men from four different countries advance
Two Korean and two Malaysian cruise into next round
Twenty-three countries set for battle