Malaysia’s female representative Siti Safiyah Amirah to the 45th edition of the QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup at the Melaka International Bowling Centre starting on Sunday, is not going to have it any easier as compared to Zulmazran Zulkifli.
The World Ranking Masters champion in Naples in April, will for starters have pre-championship favourite and 2007 champion and last year’s runner-up, Ann-Maree Putney of Australia to match up against.
Then she will have Asean favourites, Putty Armein of Indonesia and the Philippines’ Liza del Rosario, who is making her fourth appearance and was runner-up in 2001 and third in 2004 to contend with.
From Asia, the Korean powerhouse will see Ryeong Heui Kim pose some serious threat to Siti.
From Europe among the contenders, include Sweden’s Helen Johnson, who will be making her fifth appearance and has reached the last eight in every outing, while Denmark’s Laura Rhoney, who finished fourth in 2006, will be making her eighth appearance.
Then, there are Germany’s Tina Hulsch, who finished third in 2007, former World champion Zara Gloves of England, Katrien Goosen (Belgium) Reija Lunden (Finland).
From the American zone, USA’s Tenneli Milligan, who won three silvers and two bronzes in the 2007 Women’s FIQ World Championship, Caroline Lagrange (Canada), and Lourdes Lopez (Puerto Rico), will put up strong challenges.
Indeed, young Siti will be against an abundance of talent and experienced bowlers and if she can make the top eight, it will already be an achievement of sorts for the rising bowler.
Siti will be making her second appearance in the Bowling World Cup after having made her debut as a 16-year-old in 2006 where she finished tenth.