Sweden's Helen Johnsson tops women Bowling World Cup



    2006BWCHelenJohnsson_small.jpg Helen Johnsson of Sweden, reigning European Women’s Masters champion, is the ladies’ leader after 16 games at the QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup.

    Johnsson moved up four places in the standings on the strength of a 1,827 series Tuesday night. She is averaging 230.31 with 3,685 pins, more than four pins per game better than Mai Ginge Jensen of Denmark. Jensen, who led after eight games, is in second with 3,620 pins and a 226.25 average.

    “I didn’t notice a lot of difference between the lanes today and yesterday,” said the 30-year-old Johnsson. “I think, for me, the lanes were a little slicker. My ball was sliding more today. I feel well prepared for this year’s World Cup because I have had much success in several important tournaments these past several years. I was also third in the World Ranking Masters and have bowled in a lot of the European tour events this year.”

    Lisa John of England is third with 3,595 pins and a 224.69 average. Diandra Asbaty of the U.S. occupies fourth position. Asbaty closed out her block with a three-game set of 697 to bring her 16-game total to 3,588 pins and her average to 224.25.

    Putty Armein of Indonesia broke into the top eight with a 1,715 series Wednesday. Her current average is 222.69, based on 3,563 total pins. Scotland’s Laura Rhoney, who rolled the first perfect game of this year’s World Cup, is biding her time in sixth place with 3,543 pins and a 221.44 average.

    Two World Cup newcomers, Rebecca Simpson of Australia and Siti Safiyah of Malaysia, complete the top 8. “Bec” has 3,502 pins and a 218.88 average, while Safiyah has 3,459 pins and an average of 216.19.

    Venezuela’s entry, Karen Marcano, will need to up her performance Wednesday to ensure she makes the cut to the top 24. She currently sits in 22nd place, 63 pins above the cut line. Marcano is averaging 203.19 with 3,251 total pins. Beatrix Pesek of Hungary and Evelyn Tutschka are tied for 24th place with 3,188 pins and a 199.25 average.
    The final day of qualifying for the entire field begins Wednesday at 8 a.m. with the men’s Squad B. The women follow at 1 p.m., and the men’s Squad A resumes play at 6:30 p.m. Both the men and women’s fields are cut to the top 24 following Wednesday’s action.

    Those players return Thursday for eight additional games before the second cut is made to the top 8 in each division. Seven more games and a closing position round for the top 8 will determine the three men and three women who advance to the best-of-three TV finals Friday.

    Top 5 after 16 games: 1. Helen Johnsson, Sweden, 3685 2. Mai Ginge Jensen, Denmark, 3620 3. Lisa John, England, 3595 4. Diandra Asbaty, USA, 3588 5. Putty Insavilla Armein, Indonesia, 3563.

    Top 5 after 14 games: 1. Lisa John, England, 3228 2. Helen Johnsson, Sweden, 3209 3. Mai Ginge Jensen, Denmark, 3154 4. Laura Rhoney, Scotland, 3141 5. Putty Insavilla Armein, Indonesia, 3128.

    Top 5 after 12 games: 1. Lisa John, England, 2801 2. Mai Ginge Jensen, Denmark, 2786 3. Helen Johnsson, Sweden, 2775 4. Laura Rhoney, Scotland, 2726 5. Putty Armein, Indonesia, 2724.

    Top 5 after 10 games: 1. Mai Ginge Jensen, Denmark, 2366 2. Lisa John, England, 2318 3. Helen Johnsson, Sweden, 2290 4. Putty Insavilla Armein, Indonesia, 2286 5. Diandra Asbaty, USA, 2279

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