Natasha Roslan in a file photo. She is currently in fourth place in the Malaysian Open qualifiers with 1,368 pinfalls over six games.
PETALING JAYA: Teenager Natasha Roslan’s inclusion in the national elite squad in January may have initially raised eyebrows, but the 18-year-old is proving to be a force in bowling.
Fresh from finishing a commendable fourth at last month’s National Championships, Natasha is going great guns at the ongoing Malaysian Open bowling championships.
She currently sits comfortably in fourth place after posting 1,368 pinfalls over six games in the women's Masters qualifying rounds which are being held at the Sunway Mega Lanes in Sunway Pyramid.
Natasha previously had a short stint with the National Youth squad in 2011, but opted out to concentrate on her studies.
It was a good decision as she scored 5As in her Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) last year, while still training with the Selangor state team.
In December 2012, Natasha made a career breakthrough by winning the Masters, a mixed-gender open tournament, after beating Singapore’s Vincent Lim.
“As a senior in the national squad, I am aware that my performance in each tournament is being closely monitored,” said Natasha.
“There is no room for slacking off, As a newcomer to the team, there is even more reason for me to put up a good show.
“My initial goal is to make it to the step-ladder finals, and if I can achieve that, anything is possible.”
National back-up bowlers Victoria Chin and Hee Kar Yen are currently leading the local pool with 1,399 pinfalls each, followed by Shalin Zulkifli (1,374).
The women’s defending champion, Singaporean Shayna Ng and 32 qualifiers will play eight games in Round One of the Masters on Friday. The top 16 from that group will move on to Round Two.
The top three from the local and overseas pools qualify automatically for Round Two where they meet the 16 bowlers from the previous round. They will then play another round of eight games to decide the six finalists for the step-ladder finals.