9th October, Kuwait: Natasha Roslan and Sin Li Jane captured the Women's Singles gold and silver medals at the 2023 IBF World Bowling Championships in the all-Malaysian finals on Monday.
Roslan, who was seeded second after the Women's Round 2 finals, ousted third-seed, Son Hye Rin of Korea, 2-1 in the best-of-three second semi-final match. The Malaysian lost the first game 143-189 but bounced back brilliantly with a 227-173 second game victory to force a third deciding game.
The champion was equally impressive taking a convincing 214-177 win to advance into the semi-finals. Meanhile, fourth-seed Sin Li Jane of Malaysia narrowly lost the first game to topseed Hong Hae Ni of Korea, 202-203 in the other semi.
In the second game, she sailed past the Korean with a 226-192 win in the second game and commanding 269-220 second win to advance and face her team-mate in the all-Malaysian final. Jane could not repeat her form in the first game against Roslan going down, 194-259.
The tie was reversed when it was Roslan's turn to struggle allowing Jane to level the tie with a 238-162 win the second game. Both found it hard to make signifant headway and eventuallt, Roslan prevailed over Jane with a 185-165 to clinch the gold medal, 2-1.
Jane winning the silver medal was the best-ever start for Malaysia for over 20 years at a world meet. Hong and Son settled for the bronze medal after they crashed out in the semis.
In the earlier Round 2 finals, Hong Hae Ni topped Group 1 with 15 points winning all five matches. Celilie Jeanette Mortensen Dam of Danmark and 2019 World Championships Masters gold medallist, Cherie Tan of Singapore tied on 9 points but failed to progress.
Roslan topped Group 2, also with a maximum of 15 points to make the cut for the semi-finals. Singapore's New Hui Fen finished second with 12 points but did not make the cut. Jane tied top spot with Colombia's Clara Juliana Guerrero on 12 points but the Malaysia advanced through a 37-28 victory in the 9th and 10th frame tie-breaker.
Son defeated a second Colombian, Maria Jose Rodriguez 49-38 in the other 9th and 10th tie-breaker to advance to the semi-finals when both total 12 points each in the round.
Competition will now shift to the Doubles, played in Bakers' format. The Women's Groups A, B and C with two pools in each group will contest the five-game Matchplay Round-Robin style. The top 4 from each pool in each group will make a total 24 qualifiers for Round 2.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Kuwait.
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