Thursday September 6, 2012
Li Jane settles for silver in women’s doubles with Jacqueline
By KNG ZHENG GUAN and SHAMSHUL FITRI
PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s Sin Li Jane was just eight pins away from snatching her second gold medal at the Asian Championships only to settle for silver at the end of the women’s doubles event in Hong Kong yesterday.
Li Jane partnered fellow 20-year-old and reigning world champion Jacqueline Jenelee Sijore to register 2,565 pinfalls from the first squad.
South Korea’s Jung Da-wun-Kim Moon-jeong took gold with a total of 2,573 while Singapore’s Shayna Ng-Jazreel Tan settled for bronze with 2,513.
The result could have been much better for Li Jane and Jacqueline had the former not made a mess in her sixth and final game where she only managed a total of 147.
Still, there was reason for national champion Li Jane to celebrate following her success in the women’s singles on Tuesday – her biggest career win to date. “I’m really happy to have won the women’s singles because this is definitely my biggest career title,” said Li Jane in a telephone interview.
“I’m feeling good after the win on Tuesday and I wanted to continue contributing more for the team.”
Jacqueline, meanwhile, owed her silver outing with Li Jane to a more focused performance.
“I performed a lot better in the doubles compared to the first day where I was making more mistakes,” said Jacqueline.
“The lesser mistakes certainly helped us deliver a strong performance and I’m confident we can go on and win the women’s team gold too.”
The other Malaysian women pairs of Shalin Zulkifli-Esther Cheah and Siti Safiyah Amirah-Zandra Aziela were way off the mark as they came in sixth and 12th respectively.
Meanwhile, there were some cheers in the men’s doubles as Mohd Syafiq Ridhwan-Zulmazran Zulkifli recovered from a poor start to secure the bronze with a total of 2,612.
UAE’s Mahmood Al Attar-Hussain Al Suwaidi won gold on 2,666 while South Koreans Choun Jae-woo-Lim Dong-sung took silver with 2,629.
Final score after three squads
Men’s doubles: 1. Mahmood Al Attar-Hussain Al Suwaidi (UAE), 2. Choun Jae-woo-Lim Dong-sung (Kor) 2,629, 3. Mohd Syafiq Ridhwan-Zulmazran Zulkifli (Mas) 2,612, 4. Yousef Al Jaber-Mansour Al Awamy (Qat) 2,603, 5. Annop Apromsaranon- Yannaphon Larpapharat (Tha) 2,600, 6. Daisuke Yoshida-Tomoyuki Sasaki (Jpn) 2,575, 7. Christopher Castle-Brendan Meads (Aus) 2,571, 8. Adrian Ang- Aaron Kong (Mas) 2,546. Selected Malaysians: 15. Mohd Nur Aiman-Alex Liew 2,504.
Women’s doubles: 1. Jung Da-wun-Kim Moonjeong (Kor) 2,573, 2. Sin Li Jane-Jacqueline Jenelee Sijore (Mas) 2,565, 3. Shayna Ng-Jazreel Tan (Sin) 2,513, 4. Chou Chia Chen-Tsai Hsin Yi (Tpe) 2,506, 5. Daphne Tan-Cherie Tan (Sin) 2,459, 6. Esther Cheah-Shalin Zulkifli (Mas) 2,428, 7. Yang Suiling- Zhang Yuhong (Chn) 2,426, 8. Baek Seung-ja-Lee Su-jeong (Kor) 2,399.
Selected Malaysians: 12. Siti Safiyah Amirah- Zandra Aziela 2,344.