It was Sharon’s day at Singapore Open Finals


2009/06/07

Bowling: Sharon shines in Singapore

Sharon Koh won her first international Open title in Singapore yesterday.
Sharon Koh won her first international Open title in Singapore yesterday.

SHARON Koh killed two birds with one stone when she, after three near misses, finally nailed the Singapore Open title at the Superbowl Safra Mount Faber yesterday.

The win, which was Sharon’s first international Open’ title, has also guaranteed her a spot in the six-woman team for next month’s World Championships in Las Vegas.

Sharon, the 2006 world youth champion, stunned teammate Siti Safiyah Amirah Abdul Rahman, who won the World Ranking Masters last month, 211-181 for the title.

It was also a perfect ending for Sharon, considering that she only booked a spot in the Masters round after the 11th try in the Qualifying stage.

However, she turned her game around, with the help of national coach Holloway Cheah, to top the Masters round with a 16-game total of 3,772 pinfalls.
Sharon finished second in the 2006 and 2007 editions and fifth in last year’s tournament.

“I am extremely happy to have won the Singapore Open after three near misses. I hope with my performance here today (yesterday), I will be included in the team to the world meet,” said Sharon, who earned the winner’s cheque of S5,000 (RM12,250) yesterday.

‘My focus now is to train harder and help Malaysia achieve greatness in Las Vegas if I’m selected for the world meet.”

Siti Safiyah, who finished sixth in the Masters, had to bowl two extra rounds in the stepladder finals before earning a shot at the title against Sharon.

In the first match of the stepladder finals, Siti Safiyah bowled 245 as compared to Zandra Aziela’s 238 and Singapore’s Jasmine Yeong Nathan’s 228 to advance to the next stage.

Siti Safiyah also won the second match, against Singapore’s Cherie Tan and professional bowler Shalin Zulkilfi, on 248-226-222.

The encouraging performances of the bowlers prove that Malaysia are on the right track for the World Championships.

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