2019 World Bowling Women's Championships
Three continents to battle for Masters gold
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28th August, Las Vegas: 2019 World Bowling Women's Championships will showcase All Events gold medallist, Maria Rodriguez of Colombia, Sanna Pasanen of Finland, Cherie Tan of Singapore and Danielle McEwan of USA after they booked their semi-finals places with victories in the Masters quarter-finals.

Topseed Rodriguez lost the first match to 23rd-seed, Bernine Lim of Singpaore, 163-227 but bounced back in the second match with a 225-202 win to take the tie to the third deciding match. The match were tied after the fourth frame when both had a double strike each.

A costly single-pin miss in the fifth frame by Lim gave some breathing space for the Colombian. But when the Singaporean recovered and rolled four strikes-in-a-row to end with 224, it needed Rodriguez to response positively.

She gave her team-mates and coach plenty to cheer when she struck out to win the decider and the tie with 245-224, securing her place in the semi-finals. Rodriguez also went to the third match in the Round 2 against 24th-seed and defending champion, Jung Dawun of Korea with a 2-1 victory.

Masters top 4 semi-finalists, Rodriguez, Pasanen, Tan and McEwan

Sole Finn finalist and 19th-seed, Sanna Pasanen breezed past fourth-seed, Son Hyerin of Korea, 2-0 in the quarter-finals to earn her spot in the semi-finals but will have a duanting task of defeating the in-form Rodriguez when they meet.

Pasanen defeated sole Japanese, Mirai Ishimoto 2-1 in Round 1 finals and All Events bronze medallist, Shannon O'Keefe of USA, 2-1 in Round 2 finals to advance to the quarter-finals.

Asia's only representative in the Masters semi-finals was Cherie Tan. The Singaporean southpaw sailed past Russia's Maria Koshel, 2-0 in Round 3 to advance. Tan edged another Asian, Tannya Roumimper of Indonesia, 2-1 in Round 2 to reach the quarter-finals.

The final quarter-final match was an all-American affair ensuring an American in the Masters semi-finals. Sixth-seed and Trios semi-finalist, Missy Parkin took the first match with a 214-189 victory over McEwan.

But her team-mate fought back with a 246-201 win to force a third and deciding match. McEwan made no mistakes marking her first four frames while Parkin had an open frame in the second and two splits in the third and fourth frames which she failed to convert. And when McEwan rolled four consecutive strikes from the fifth frame, the tie was more than over for Parkin going down 181-249 for her opponent to claim the last semi-finals spot.

All Events gold medallist, Maria Rodriguez securing the Masters semi-finals topseed

McEwan denied Malaysia a chance of a medal after she took out last year's Masters silver medallist, Sin Li Jane, 2-1 in Round 2 to advance to the quarter-finals. The semi-finals and finals of the Singles, Doubles, Trios and Team of 5 will all be held tomorrow. The 10-hour finale will follow one another and will be telecast on CBS Sports Network, a multi-year agreement signed recently by World Bowling.

The agreement will mark a first partnership for both parties and will see CBS Sports Network exclusively televise World Bowling content commencing with tomorrow's finals. Under the new agreement, CBS Sports Network will air programs including the Storm Lucky Larsen Masters 2019 and WB-PBA World Bowling Tour Thailand 2019.

Additional programs include the 25th Asian Championships in October, World Bowling Tour Kuwait Open 2019, World Bowling Youth and Singles Championships 2020. The Masters semi-finals of the Women's Championships will be held on the final day of competition on August 30.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Las Vegas, USA.

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