Penny on vengeance


By RAJES PAUL

PETALING JAYA: European top ranked woman bowler Kirsten Penny is looking for a consolation for the England team's defeat by Malaysia in the World Tenpin Team Cup last month. 

And she will be out to get the better of all the local players in the Malaysian Open bowling championships at the Pyramid Mega Lanes. 

The 26-year-old Penny, whose father is a Malaysian, has qualified for the Masters Finals by virtue of being the top qualifier in the overseas pool with a score of 913. 

All six members of the victorious Malaysian team at the World Team Cup championships also made the cut for the Masters Finals, which begins today. 

KIRSTEN PENNY: The English bowler is looking forward to a good finish at the Malaysian Open.

Sharon Chai was the top qualifier in the local pool with a score of 903 followed by Wendy Chai (third), Shalin Zulkilfi (fourth), Lai Kin Ngoh (fifth), Choy Poh Lai (sixth) and Sarah Yap (10th). 

Penny, who won four gold medals in the Europeans Championships in 2001, felt that the Malaysians looked good to win the title. 

“It is no surprise that Malaysia won the world team title.  

“They can go all the way to win this title, especially in the absence of the South Koreans,” she said. 

Penny, who won a bronze medal with Jones in the doubles at the last World Championships in Abu Dhabi in 1999, added: “England did not have the strongest team in the World Team Cup. Liza Jones and I were not able to compete then.  

“I am determined to get back at the Malaysian team in this Open.” 

Having featured in the national team since she was 17, Penny said that England would also seek revenge against the Malaysians in the World Championships, which will be played at the same venue from Sept 9-10. 

“We aim to win as many medals as possible in the World Championships. For me, I am eyeing for a medal in the Masters event,” she said. 

Looking slimmer than in her first appearance in the Malaysian Open last year, Penny is hoping to improve on her third-place finish. 

“After finishing third in Malaysia, I competed in the Egypt Open and won it. But I fell sick after that and lost about 15kg. I am lighter now but it has not affected my performances. I am looking forward to a good finish here,” she said. 

Besides the Malaysians, the women's Masters will also feature bowlers from the Philippines, Singapore and Taiwan. 

The leading bowlers from the Philippines are Liza Del Rosario, Irene Garcia and Cecilia Yap.  

Singapore's charge will be led by challenge will be carried by Yap Seok Kin and Jennifer Tan while Taiwan will place their bets on Wang Yu-ling and Hong Shu-chun. 

The men's Masters Finals will feature 39 bowlers while the women's category comprises 33 competitors. 

LEADING QUALIFIERS  

* National bowlers unless stated 

  • MEN 

    Local pool:

  • 1. Daniel Lim 964, 2. Mustaffa Yassin 937, 3. Jonathan Lim 932, 4. Azidi Ameran 919, 5. Zulmazran Zulkilfi 918. 

    Overseas: 1. Biboy Rivera (Phi) 1071, 2. Abdulla Al-Qatan (Qat) 1021, 3. Ryan Lalisang (Ina) 1003, 4. Tsai Ting-yun (Tpe) 997, 5. Tom Hahl (Sin) 994. 

    Mixed: Remy Ong (Sin) 943, 2. Khalifa Khalid (Qat) 937 and Tore Torgersen (Nor) 937, 4. Sam Goh (Sin) 935, 5. Mike Lam (Sin) 933. 

  • WOMEN 

    Local:

  • 1. Sharon Chai 903, 2. Low Poh Lian (Sel) 898, 3. Shalin Zulkifli 881, 4. Wendy Chai 878, 5. Lai Kin Ngoh 872. 

    Overseas: 1. Kirsten Penny (Eng) 913, 2. H. Shimizu (Jpn) 903, 3. Yap Seok Kim (Sin) 892, 4. Evelyn Chan (Sin) 888, 5. Wang Yu-ling (Tpe) 882. 

    Mixed: 1. Jennifer Tan (Sin) 861, 2. Liza Del Rosario (Phi) 847 and Pan Yu-fien (Tpe) 847, 4. Huang Chiung-yao (Tpe) 846, 5. Cecilia Yap (Phi) 845. 

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