Zara Giles leads top 8 into final day at QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup


    2009 BWC

    Korea's Baek upsets Russia's Tsarkova in the last game

    2009BWCZaraGiles2.jpg2009BWCSitiSafiyahAmirah2.jpgEngland's Zara Giles (pictured left) continued to lead the women's division in the 45th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup after the 24 women have completed the fourth 8-game block at Melaka International Bowling Center in Melaka, Malaysia.

    Giles rolled a 1751 series in the quarterfinal to lead the top 8 women into the semifinal on Thursday morning with 7026 pinfall total and an average of 219.56. Glover started the round with back-to-back 250s and finished with six games between 194 and 229.

    Siti Safiyah Amirah (above right), Malaysia, lost 29 pins to Giles but maintained her second place with a 1722 series and 6963 overall (217.59).

    2009BWCCarolineLagrange2_small.jpg2009BWCDianaZavjalova3_small.jpgCaroline Lagrange (left), Canada, remained in third position with 6884 (215.13) after a solid 1666 series on Wednesday night.

    Young Latvian Diana Zavjalova (right) posted an outstanding 1889 series, the second-highest women series of the tournament thus far, to leapfrog from 15th to 4th place with 6834 (213.56). Zavjalova, a regular competitor on the European Bowling Tour, had games of 224, 228, 187, 228, 269, 206, 279 and 268.

    2009BWCTennelleMilligan_small.jpg2009BWCHelenJohnsson_small.jpgFormer professional bowler Tennelle Milligan (left), United States, finished the third and penultimate day of competition in fifth place with 6809 (212.78).

    Helén Johnsson (right), Sweden, moved up one spot to sixth place with 6798 (212.44), while Liza del Rosario (below left), Philippines, fell one spot to 7th with 6793 (212.28).

    2009BWCLizaDelRosario3_small.jpg2009BWCBaekSeungja3_small.jpgBaek Seung-ja (right), Korea, needed a big score in the last game and fired a 257 to beat out Evgenia Tsarkova (below right), Russia, for the 8th and final spot to advance by 10 pins, 6760 to 6750.

    Tsarlova, who started the day in second place before she fell to 4th in the last game of the third qualifying block, managed a 181 game to slip out of the semifinal.

    2009BWCLogo_small.jpg 2009BWCEvgeniaTsarkova2_small.jpgThe top 8 will return on Thursday morning to determine the three finalists in round robin match play plus position round (total 8 games) with the pinfall from the previous round being carried forward.

    All stepladder matches will be decided in best-of-three games format. No. 3 bowls No. 2 for the right to bowl No. 1 for the title. The highest seeded player will have the choice of starting lane. will partner with the United States Bowling Congress to live stream the men's and women's semifinals and finals of the 45th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup. Lucas Wiseman (pictured right), USBS Senior Public Relations Coordinator, will serve as play-by-play announcer for all broadcasts.


    Live streaming will start on Thursday 12.30 p.m. local time
    (Thursday 5.30 a.m. in Europe or Wednesday 11.30 p.m. EST in America).

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