Li Jane on right lane

Top form: Sin Li Jane beat South Korea’s Kim Hyun-mi 2-1 to qualify for the singles last 16.

PETALING JAYA: Bowler Sin Li Jane is savouring the momentum she’s in and believes it can help her go places in the World Games.

After securing a spot in the women’s singles last 16, she partnered Natasha Roslan to book a place in the doubles semi-finals at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex yesterday.

In the first round, they beat Puerto Rican duo Taishanye Naranjo and Pamela Perez 2-0.

Li Jane-Natasha took the first game 234-164 and sealed the match by winning the second 203-178.

In the last 16, they downed Denise Blankenzee-Samantha Greiner of Holland 259-144, 194-188 to set up a clash against Mika Guldbaek-Mai Ginger Jensen of Denmark.

“We’re thrilled to be in the semi-finals. We hope to keep this momentum going,” said Li Jane.

“Do I have to do anything special in the next stage?

“Nothing much. I do what I am supposed to do and focus on my game. Hopefully, that will lead to something special.”

Earlier, she qualified for the singles round of 16 by beating South Korea’s Kim Hyun-mi 2-1. She lost the first game 172-226 but bounced back strongly to win the next games 246-195 and 247-216.

Meanwhile, in the men’s action, Rafiq Ismail and Timmy Tan lost in the round of 16 after a close fight with the United States’ Alec Kiplinger-Trent Mitchell.

Despite winning the first game 256-214, the Malaysians could not match the strength of the Americans, losing 212-254, 199-245 in the next two games.

Team manager Maradona Chok said all four bowlers in the games had done well so far.

“Both the men and women are bowling well. If they continue to bowl the way they’re bowling, they will go far,” he said.

“It was unfortunate that we lost to the USA. But this is the format that we have to get used to.

“Making good shots from the start is crucial.”

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