PETALING JAYA: Bowling queen Shalin Zulkifli has left for the United States on a wing and a prayer.
The former national bowler is on a mission to make up for some lost time in the Professional Women Bowling Association (PWBA).
The professional Tour’s first tournament started last month but Shalin could not join as she had to postpone her trip to be with her husband Azidi Ameran, who had tested positive for Covid-19.
Now that Azidi has recovered and is back at home, Shalin has decided to pursue her professional journey amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I’m glad all matters at home have been settled. Finally, I’m on my way there, ” said Shalin, before leaving with her only child Aleya to Los Angeles on Wednesday.
“It’s the girls’ adventure now. Wish me love and luck.”
Shalin has some unfinished business in the US pro league that started last month and would end in September.
The 42-year-old was the first Malaysian invited to play in the pro league a decade ago. In fact, Shalin became the first Asian to qualify for the PBA Women’s Series when she finished fourth in the 2010 US Women’s Open.
And thanks to her strong performance, other local bowlers were eventually able to compete alongside the best of the best in the US.
While some of her younger compatriots has won on US soil, Shalin is still hoping to end an elusive chase for her first pro title.
“I want to end the pro title wait.
“I can now focus in this league as I’m no more in the national team, ” added Shalin, who quit early this year.
She has toiled hard for the nation for 28 years since winning the national title at the age of 13.