Singapore off to slow start at world champs

SINGAPORE - Singapore has not had the best of starts at the World Tenpin Bowling Association world championships in Nevada.

Bernice Lim has been the best performing Singaporean over the past two days, finishing ninth in the women's singles competition on Wednesday.

The 21-year-old chalked up 1,268 pinfalls over six games (211 average) but failed to make the semi-finals.

South Korea's Ryu Seo Yeon was the last qualifier for the last four with 1,318, and eventually won the event, beating Taiwan's Wang Ya-ting 224-182 in the final.

Lim was ranked fifth-best in Asia based on the qualifying scores, while compatriot Jazreel Tan was the next-best female Singaporean kegler, finishing 35th in the 212-strong field with 1,198.

Cherie Tan (ranked 52nd with 1,169), Daphne Tan (62nd, 1,153), New Hui Fen (63rd, 1,153)and Shayna Ng (67th, 1,147) also competed in the women's singles.

Ng Tiac Pin was the best performing male bowler from the Republic in the men's singles, which concluded on Monday.

The 26-year-old finished 46th in a 216-strong field with 1,243, while Javier Tan was 81st with 1,194. Jaris Goh (134th, 1,132) Joel Tan (152nd, 1,107), Keith Saw (200th, 1,005) and Ng Chiew Pang (206th, 990) also competed in the event.

Not easy

The men's singles was won by American Bill O'Neill, who beat German Bodo Konieczny 228-192 in the final.

Team manager and Singapore Bowling Federation technical director Mervyn Foo said: "It was not easy out there and the players were grinding it out. The results did not do justice to their performance.

"They will come back stronger in the doubles event."

The competition will continue with the men's doubles on Thursday (Singapore time) and will end on Aug 30 with the men's team final.

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