Tuesday October 9, 2012
Shalin happy with progress since returning to action
By SHAMSHUL FITRI
PETALING JAYA: National bowler Shalin Zulkifli can still walk tall even if she has yet to mark her comeback – since becoming the proud mother of baby girl Aleya in June last year – with a win.
In the Indonesian Open, which ended on Sunday, Shalin played second fiddle to home bowler Sharon Limansantoso 243-205, 213-232 in the step-ladder final despite putting up a good show through the competition.
“I think I had a lot of good shots in the final. It wasn’t meant to be mine I guess,” said Shalin, who also came out second in the tournament in 2006.
Shalin, as the challenger won the first game against the top-seeded Sharon to force the tie-breaker.
Five spares in the opening frames put paid to her dream of becoming champion as Sharon reeled in the strikes to pull ahead.
“Five times the 10th pin stood for spares. I even made some minor adjustments to reel in some strikes but I just had no luck,” said Shalin, who is still searching for her first title since winning the Hong Kong Open in 2010. In this year’s Hong Kong Open in June, she could only finish third.
The busy mom, who has to find time to run her own bowling centre at Space U8 Mall in Bukit Beruntung, coach and play for the national team, is looking forward to getting some good results in her next tournament.
As the year’s curtain is coming down and the Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress’s (MTBC) budget limitations, there aren’t a lot of tournaments for Malaysian bowlers to look forward to.
“I don’t know when and where my next tournament will be. Perhaps, the Milo International All-Stars Masters in December,” she said.