Saturday July 21, 2012
Esther pulls off a shock win over top seed Na-young
PETALING JAYA: National bowler Esther Cheah pulled off an almost impossible feat in clinching the Daejeon International Open women’s crown in South Korea yesterday.
Playing on short oil conditions that the methodical and regimented South Korean bowlers have mastered, Esther took the game down to the wire as she edged Lee Na-young 10-9 in the roll-off after both were tied on 236 in the final.
Esther qualified for the five-bowler step-ladder finals as the fourth seed after scoring 1,842 in the qualifying on Thursday.
She advanced to the semi-finals by knocking down 214 pins in a three-way play-off against South Koreans Kang Hyun-jin (201) and Lee Yeon-ji (184).
Esther then overcame Son Yun-hee of South Korea 223-180 to set up the final against top seed Na-young.
The Malaysian was on fire in the final as she rolled two strikes against two spares in the opening frames. But Na-young kept her cool to force the game into a one-ball roll-off.
As the first to bowl in the roll-off, Esther pulled no punches to knock down a strike. Na-yeon came a cropper as a lone pin stood to deny South Korea a double.
Earlier in the men’s competition, Hong Hae-sol beat compatriot Jang Dong-chul 268-211 to grab the title.