PETALING JAYA: National bowler Sin Li Jane had to play the bridesmaid's role at the QubicaAMF World Cup in Las Vegas, United States.
The 26-year-old needed to strike her last frame to win Malaysia's first ever women's crown in the meet, but could only knock down seven pins and lost 236-238 to American Shannon O'Keefe on Saturday.
Li Jane matched her second placed feat in her previous outing in Wroclaw, Poland.
"Finishing runner-up is good, it's becoming the champion that will give you the best feeling," said Li Jane.
Li Jane reached the final by ousting Maria Rodriguez of Colombia 207-166 in the semi-finals.
Syafiq Ridhwan Abdul Malek clinched the country's first-ever victory when he captured the men's crown in 2012.
No Malaysian woman, however, has ever won the World Cup.
Besides Li Jane, Shalin Zulkifli and Siti Safiyah Amirah Abdul Rahman were the other two Malaysians who had come really close to winning it.
Shalin came in second in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1996 while Siti Safiyah also finished runner-up in Hermosillo, Mexico.
Earlier, Li Jane made the top four cut for title playoffs in third place after amassing a grand total of 8,548 pinfalls over 40 games.
Nadia Pramanik of Indonesia topped the four-day roll-offs with 8,610, just five pins ahead of second-placed Rodriguez while O'Keefe came in fourth to seize the last berth on offer.
O'Keefe outclassed Nadia 247-202 in the other last four clash.
With the win, O'Keefe has become the eighth American women's champion in the tournament's 54 year history.