Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Syafiq and Esther make the quarters


MUHAMAD SYAFIQ RIDHWAN ABDUL MALEK and Esther Cheah have qualified for the quarter-finals of the inaugural World Singles Bowling Championship Galactica Bowling Centre in Cyprus.

Zulmazaran Zulkilfi missed out when he lost in the Final Step 2 (round two), while Jacqualine Sijore was knocked out in the Final Step 1.

The 24-year-old Muhamad Syafiq from Kuala Lumpur, the top seed will face ninth seed Andres Gomez of Colombia Esther, the 12th seed, will bowl against fourth seeded American Shannon O’Keefe.

Syafiq who had a bye to the second round, defeated veteran PBA bowler, Tore Togersen, the 16th seed 278-195; 220-228; 258-277; 238-191 and 246-194 in the best-of-five games series.

Andres defeated Falah Yusuf from Bahrain in the first round before getting past Kuwait’s Mohammed Kamel in the second round.

Zulmazran the 21st seed, started on a grand note to beat Finland’s 12th seed Kim Lehtonen 299-217; 205-236; 241-248; 246-235; 224-215 to move to the second round.

He then faced fifth seeded American Chris Barnes but lost 279-224;207-228; 278-258; 256 -277-and 236-259.

Esther defeated Ireland’s Hannah Cullen in her first round match 253-198; 233-166; 237-207 to move to the second round against Karen Marcano, the fifth seed from Venezuela.

Esther disposed of Karen 191-233; 215-206; 243-188 and 206-176 to move to the quarterfinals.

A victory for Esther will see her bowl No. 1 seed, Kelly Kulick from USA or Joline Persson-Planefors from Sweden from the other top half quarter-finals tie.

If Syafiq wins, he will face the either Barnes or Khaled Al-Dossary from Qatar.

The quarterfinals will continued to be played over a best of five games, before it will be over one game for semi-finals and final.

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