2015 Women's World Championships reaches 30-country mark


    Abu Dhabi

    Deadline to register for the Championships to be held December 5-14 in Abu Dhabi, UAE, is November 1st

    2011WTBALogo.jpg With the extended registration deadline rapidly approaching, the 2015 Women's World Championships has reached the 30-country mark. The Championships for women will be held from Saturday, December 5 to Monday, December 13, at Khalifa International Bowling Center in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

    As of today, the following 30 of 109 member federations of the World Tenpin Bowling Association (WTBA) have registered for event: Australia, Bahamas, Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, England, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Korea, Latvia, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, United States, Venezuela, and the host country United Arab Emirates.

    WTBA and the host Emirates Bowling Federation (EBF) have extended the entry deadline until November 1st.

    BowlingdigitalBanner.gif Bowlingdigital will provide onsite coverage of the 2015 Women's World Championships from Khalifa International Bowling Center in Abu Dhabi featuring reports, results and photos commencing Dec. 6 with the Opening Ceremonies all the way through to the Masters finals on Sunday, Dec. 13.

    The Championships, hosted by WTBA, the Emirates Bowling Federation and Zayed Sports City, is open to all WTBA member federations who are currently paid up members of World Bowling, WTBA and their respective zone (PABCON, ETBF, and ABF).

    Maximum six women per country will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in Singles, Doubles, Trios, five-player Teams, All-Events and Masters in the 7-day competition (Dec. 7-13).

     Khalifa International Bowling Center, UAE's national bowling facility, a 40-lane center featuring two pro shops, three restaurants and a billiard room, is located at Zayed Sports City (click image to enlarge).

    The venue was built for the 1999 World Championships and has hosted other sanctioned tournaments such as the World Bowling Ranking Masters, Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships and the 2014 Men's World Championships.

    In accordance with the WTBA Playing Rules, the 2015 Women's World Championships will be contested on two lane conditioning pattern. Technical Delegate Marios Nicolaides of Cyprus will choose a short and a long pattern from the World Bowling bank of lane patterns.

    The specific lane patterns within the two categories will be announced at the Team Managers' Meeting on December 5.

    For the complete information download 2015 WWC Bulletin No. 1.

    Immediately following the Women's World Championships will be the congresses. The WTBA Congress will be held December 15 (afternoon) and December 16, while the FIQ Congress will be held December 15 (in the morning).

    The deadline for nominations to WTBA President and Vice Presidents was September 15. WTBA has received the following nominations:

    WTBA President:
    Kevin Dornberger, United States (incumbent)
    Sheikh Talal Mohammad Al-Sabah, Kuwait

    WTBA 1st and 2nd Vice President:
    Pekka Korpi, Finland (incumbent 1st Vice President)
    Mike Seymour, Australia (incumbent 2nd Vice President)
    Mario Nicolaides, Cyprus
    Suwalai Satrulee, Thailand
    Ulf Sjöblom, Sweden

    The 2015 Women's World Championships is the fifth World Championship for women since the WTBA has decided at its 2013 congress to split the men's and women's events. The inaugural WWC took place in 2005 in Aalborg, Denmark, and was followed by Monterrey, Mexico (2007), Las Vegas, USA (2009) and Hong Kong, China (2011). In 2012, the WTBA switched back to a four-year cycle which allowed the organization to add a new World Singles Championships (2012; Limassol, Cyprus) and combined World Championships for men and women (2013; Las Vegas, USA) to its schedule.

    WTBA has decided the venues for the World Championships up to 2020. The 2nd World Singles Championships will take place in 2016 in Doha, Qatar (after that 2020 in Tokyo, Japan), while 2nd combined World Championships 2017 were given to Kuwait. Hong Kong will host the 2018 Men's World Championships before the women will return to Las Vegas for the 2019 Women's World Championships.


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    2015 Women's World Championships - Preliminary Schedule at a glance

    Thursday, December 3, 2015 - unofficial practice
    Friday, December 4, 2015 - unofficial practice
    Saturday, December 5, 2015 - last day of arrival; unofficial practice; team manager's meeting
    Sunday, December 6, 2015 - Official Practice (three squads); opening ceremony

    Monday, December 7, 2015 - Singles Squads 1-3 (longer oil)
    Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - Trios Squads 1-2 Block 1 (shorter oil); Trios Squads 1-2 Block 2 (longer oil)
    Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - Singles Semifinals, Finals and Medal Ceremony; Trios Semifinals, Finals and Medal Ceremony; Doubles Squad 1 (shorter oil)
    Thursday, December 10, 2015 Doubles Squads 2 & 3 (shorter oil); Doubles Semifinals, Finals and Medal Ceremony
    Friday, December 11, 2015 - Team Squads 1 & 2 Block 1 (longer oil)
    Saturday, December 12, 2015 - Team Squads A & B Block 2 (shorter oil), Team Semifinals and Finals; All-Events and Team Medal Ceremony
    Sunday, December 13, 2015 - Masters competition and Medal Ceremony; Victory Banquet

    Monday, December 14, 2015 - Departure; FIQ/WTBA Executive Board meetings
    Tuesday, December 15, 2015 - FIQ Congress; WTBA Congress
    Wednesday, December 16, 2015 - WTBA Congress; extra FIQ Congress (if necessary)


    2013 Combined World Championships - Women's Division Medalists

    Sunset Station's Strike Zone in Henderson, Nev., United States (Aug. 16-31, 2013)

    2013WCSinglesWomenTop4.jpg Championship Round:
    1. Ryu Seo-Yeon, Korea, 426 (2 games)
    2. Wang Ya-Ting, Chinese Taipei, 387 (2 games)
    3. Huang Chiung-Yao, Chinese Taipei, 200 (1 game)
    (tie) Mariana Ayala, Puerto Rico, 190 (1 game)

    L-R Wang, Ryu, Ayala and Huang.

    Playoff Results:
    Semifinal Match 1: No. 4 Ryu def. No. 1 Huang, 202-200
    Semifinal Match 2: No. 2 Wang def. No. 3 Ayala, 205-190
    Championship Match: Ryu def. Wang, 224-182.


    2013WCDoublesWomenTop4.jpg Championship Round:
    1. United States (Stefanie Nation / Shannon O'Keefe), 951 (2 games)
    2. United States (Missy Parkin / Kelly Kulick), 922 (2 games)
    3. Venezuela (Karen Marcano / Alicia Marcano), 373 (1 game)
    Australia (Ann-Maree Putney / Carol Gianotti), 430 (1 game)

    L-R Parkin, Kulick, Nation, O'Keefe, Putney, Gianotti, Karen and Alicia Marcano.

    Playoff Results:
    Semifinal Match 1: No. 4 Parkin (183)/Kulick (300) def. No. 1 K. Marcano (180)/A. Marcano (193), 483-373
    Semifinal Match 2: No. 2 Nation (201)/O'Keefe (268) def. No. 3 Putney (220)/Gianotti (210), 469-430
    Championship Match: Nation (258)/O'Keefe (224) def. Parkin (193)/Kulick (245), 482-438.


    2013WCTriosWomenTop4.jpg Championship Round:
    1. Korea (Ryu Seo-Yeon, Lee Na-Young, Son Yun-Hee), 1195 (2 games)
    2. Canada (Isabelle Rioux, Samantha How, Caroline Lagrange), 1208 (2 games)
    3. England (Autum Chamberlain, Hayley Rumkee, Lisa John), 506 (1 game)
    (tie) Japan (Natsuki Teshima, Misaki Mukotani, Haruka Matsuda), 571 (1 game)

    From top right counterclockwise: Korea, Canada, England and Japan.

    Playoff Results:
    Semifinal Match 1: No. 1 Ryu (180), Lee (181), Son (247) def.
    No. 4 Teshima (215), Mukotani (188), Matsuda (168), 608-571
    Semifinal Match 2: No. 2 Rioux (214), How (191), Lagrange (218) def.
    No. 3 Chamberlain (177), Rumkee (178), John (151), 623-506
    Championship Match: Ryu (185), Lee (209), Son (193) def.
    Rioux (223), How (164), Lagrange (198), 587-585.


    2013WCWomensTeamGoldMedalKorea.jpg Championship Round:
    1. Korea (Ryu Seo-Yeon, Lee Na-Young, Kim Moon-Jeong, Jung Da-Wun, Son Yun-Hee, Baek Seung-Ja), 2224 (2 games)
    2. United States (Stefanie Nation, Missy Parkin, Shannon O'Keefe, Kelly Kulick, Liz Johnson, Shannon Pluhowsky), 2006 (2 games)
    3. Malaysia (Siti Safiyah, Jacqueline Sijore, Esther Cheah, Shalin Zulkifli, Sin Li Jane, Zandra Aziela), 999 (1 game)
    3. Venezuela (Patricia De Faria, Eny Diaz, Esther Alvarez, Joan Gonzalez, Karen Marcano, Alicia Marcano), 921 (1 game)

    Gold medalist Korea (L-R Team manager, Seo-Yeon, Seung-Ja, Da-Wun, Moon-Jeong, Na-Young, Yun-Hee and coach Kim Hee-Son).

    Playoff Results:
    Semifinal Match 1 (long oil):
    No. 1 Nation (220), Parkin (259), O'Keefe (201), Kulick (168), Johnson (166) def.
    No. 4 De Faria (191), Alvarez (174), Gonzalez (214), K. Marcano (159), A. Marcano (183), 1014-921
    Semifinal Match 2 (long oil):
    No. 3 Seo-Yeon (188), Na-Young (247), Moon-Jeong (208), Da-Wun (205), Yun-Hee (217) def.
    No. 2 Safiyah (177), Sijore (194), Cheah (173), Zulkifli (201), Jane (221), 1065-966.
    Championship Match (long oil):
    Seo-Yeon (184), Na-Young (246), Moon-Jeong (267), Da-Wun (224), Yun-Hee (238) def. Nation (191), Parkin (195), O'Keefe (194), Kulick (224), Johnson (188), 1159-992.


    All Events (24-game total and average)
    2013WCWomenAllEventsMedalists.jpg 1. Shannon O'Keefe, United States, 5209, 217.04
    2. Son Yun-Hee, Korea, 5189, 216.21
    3. Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 5166, 215.25
    L-R Yun-Hee, O'Keefe and Zavjalova.


    2013WCWomenMastersTop4.jpg Championship Round:
    1. Son Yun-Hee, Korea, 443 (2 games)
    2. Kim Moon-Jeong, Korea, 401 (1 game)
    3. Liz Johnson, United States, 213 (1 game)
    and Ryu Seo-Yeon, Korea, 180 (1 game)

    L-R Moon-Jeong, Yun-Hee, Johnson and Seo-Yeon.

    Playoff Results:
    Semifinal Match 1: No. 1 Moon-Jeong def. No. 4 Seo-Yeon, 208-180
    Semifinal Match 2: No. 3 Yun-Hee def. No. 2 Johnson, 232-213
    Championship: Yun-Hee def. Moon-Jeong, 211-193.