A mere three pinfalls.
That was what separated Cherie Tan from winning her first QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup title, and a second consecutive one for Singapore.
The 25-year-old lost 213-215 to Canada's Caroline Lagrange in a nail-biting third game in a best-ofthree step-ladder final at the Fireball Bowling Centre in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, on Saturday.
Tan was just one pin away from a strike in the 11th frame of the final game, which would have given her an extra frame to seal a win.
But the seventh pin would not fall.
"It's really disappointing for me to lose by two pins," said Tan.
"I was bowling pretty good today, so I felt I had a chance to win. "I had to strike out to win because she (Lagrange) hadn't managed one.
"I threw a strike on the 10th frame, but not the 11th. It was a good shot, but sadly, the seventh pin stood." An open fourth frame in the match proved catastrophic for Tan, whose previous best finish at the World Cup was fourth in 2011.
Jasmine Yeong-Nathan won Singapore's first AMF World Cup title in 2008, and Shayna Ng repeated the feat last year.