24th August, Las Vegas: 2018 Palembang Asian Games Team gold medallist, Lee Nayoung of Korea topped the second Singles squad of the 2019 World Bowling Women's Championships to advance to the semi-finals joined by Sweden's Sandra Andersson and USA's Shannon O'Keefe and Daniel McEwan.
Andersson got off to a brilliant start knocking down 265 to lead Baek Sungja of Korea by 9 pins as Singapore's New Hui Fen and 2017 World Championships Team gold medallist, Sin Li Jane of Malaysia also started well posting 250 and 248 respectively.
Sin added another strong 237 in the second game to move into the lead, 13 pins ahead of the Swede followed by McEwan and Lee close in third and fourth after Baek managed only 195 to slip down into fifth.
The Malaysian posted only 193 to drop out of the lead and into fourth while McEwan added 259 to take over the running. Andersson kept pace with the American in second, just three pins adrift while Maria Rodriguez of Colombia moved into third spot.
Andersson posted 234 in the fourth game to remain in the lead. A second American and 2017 World Championships Trios gold medallist, Shannon O'Keefe fired a stunning 279 to leapfrog into second spot, 10 pins behind the Swede.
McEwan slipped down to third with the Colombian maintaining fourth position and Lee rounding out the top five. O'Keefe became the fourth player to lead the squad after she shot 238 in the fifth game. Rodriguez moved up to second with a strong 248 and Andersson slipping down to third with a poor 183.
Lee, who shot 236 in her fifth game, ended with a sizzling 289 in the final game to win the squad and qualify for the semi-finals as topseed with 1410. Andersson bounced back with 267 to claim second position with 1401.
O'Keefe and McEwan joined the duo in third and fourth positions with 1392 and 1371 respectively while Rodriguez missed the cut by just three pins with 1368 despite finishing with 211 in her final game. Squad 1 leader, Bernice Lim of Singapore ended up in sixth overall.
The Americans, by finishing third and fourth, have managed to miss each other in the semis. McEawn will face Lee while O'Keefe will meet Andersson. The winner of the semi-final will square off in the title match.
The Singles semi-finals and final will be held on August 29. Competition will resume with the Doubles event tomorrow, again divided into two squads.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Las Vegas, USA.