Wednesday, 25 May 2016 | MYT 5:00 PM
Natasha fought her way through the elimination bracket to make the TV Finals in the USBC Queens on Thursday.
PETALING JAYA: Sin Li Jane and Natasha Roslan stayed on course to become the first Malaysian to win a Professional Women’s Bowling Association (PWBA) event.
The pair are among the 16 contenders left in the match-play rounds of the prestigious USBC Queens in Las Vegas on Tuesday.
Li Jane is unbeaten on her way to the quarter-finals of the “winners’ bracket”.
The 24-year-old got her campaign off with a comprehensive 707-571 (over best-of-three-game series) win over Australia’s Dena Buxton. She then beat the 2009 Female Bowler of the Year Clara Guerrero of Colombia (691-641) and American Amanda Greene (633-616) to set up a last-eight clash against another homester Robyn Renslow later Wednesday.
National champion Natasha was equally impressive.
She overcame the more illustrious local Anne Marie Duggan with a 704-617 triumph before edging Joey Yeo of Singapore 692-672.
The 20-year-old’s run was halted, however, by former winner Diana Zavjalova, going down 628-683 to the Latvian.
Fortunately, this championship features a double-elimination format and a bowler is being given a second chance in the “elimination bracket”.
And Natasha took her chances well by ousting American Brittany Smith 695-641 in the “elimination bracket” to stay in the competition where she will take on American Brenda Padilla in the quarter-finals.
A total of five bowlers – two from “winners bracket” and three from “elimination bracket” – will proceed to the TV Finals and stand a chance to earn the winner’s purse of US$20,000 (RM82,000) on Thursday.
Li Jane has vowed to march all the way to the TV Finals and try to win the PWBA Tour crown on her first attempt.
“Anything can happen in bowling. It’s a three-game contest for each match, so it’s anybody’s game and you just have got to fight until the last throw.”
Unlike Natasha, Li Jane can still afford to lose one match and get relegated to the “elimination bracket”.
But Li Jane prefers to reach the TV stepladder finals undefeated.
“I’m confused with it (the format) too … so the only way is to win every match! It’s as simple as that!”
The other three Malaysians, Siti Safiyah Amirah Abdul Rahman, Syaidatul Afifah Badrul Hamidi and Nur Syazwani Sahar were knocked out of the competition.
(Matches involving Malaysians only)
First round: Sin Li Jane bt Dena Buxton (Aus) 707-571; Natasha Roslan bt Anne Marie Duggan (US) 704-517; Siti Safiyah Amirah Abdul Rahman bt Syaidatul Afifah Badrul Hamidi 653-615; Nur Syazwani Sahar bt Daria Pajak (Pol) 678-623.
Second round: Sin Li Jane bt Clara Guerrero (Col) 691-641; Natasha Roslan bt Joey Yeo (Sin) 692-672; Siti Safiyah Amirah Abdul Rahman lost to New Hui Fen (Sin) 595-643; Nur Syazwani Sahar lost to Bernice Lim (Sin) 649-742.
Third round: Sin Li Jane bt Amanda Greene (US) 633-616; Natasha Roslan lost to Diana Zavjalova (Lat) 628-683.
First round: Syaidatul Afifah Badrul Hamidi bt Diandra Asbaty (US) 574-574 (won tiebreaker).
Second round: Syaidatul Afifah Badrul Hamidi bt Clara Guerrero (Col) 758-647; Siti Safiyah Amirah Abdul Rahman bt Katelyn Simpson (US) 720-587; Nur Syazwani Sahar lost to Katie Ann Sopp-Schroeder (US) 571-593.
Third round: Syaidatul Afifah Badrul Hamidi lost to Tannya Roumimper (Ina) 633-667; Siti Safiyah Amirah Abdul Rahman lost to Tish Johnson (US) 609-699.
Fourth round: Natasha Roslan bt Brittany Smith (US) 695-641.