PETALING JAYA: Three-time Asian number one Shalin Zulkifli will be out to make a quick rebound in the International Foundation Games Invitation Bowling Championships at the Kegel Bowling Centre in Florida this weekend.
The 25-year-old Shalin has been invited to participate in the US$35,000 tournament, which will see the best men and women bowlers in the world – both amateurs and professional – battling for honours.
Shalin bowled below par in the World Ranking Masters, which ended on Wednesday at the same venue.
She finished joint 12th with teammate Lai Kin Ngoh after 24 games.
Sarah Yap also failed to shine in the Masters, finishing 20th out of the 24 competitors.
Wendy Chai was Malaysia's best performer.
She qualified for the quarter-finals in sixth place but was eliminated by Venezuela's Margalit Mizrachi.
Shalin, the only Malaysian invited for the meet, has vowed to give a better account of herself.
“This tournament will be tougher because we will be bowling aside some renowned professionals.
“I aim to do well. It will certainly be a good platform for me to get ready for the oncoming World Championships,” she siad.
Malaysia are banking on Shalin to end their 24-year-old gold medal drought in the World Championships, which will be staged at the Pyramid Mega Lanes in Subang from Sept 9-20.
The bowlers for the world invitational meet will play a total 18 games in three blocks under different lane conditions.
The top 12 will play each other in a match play format. The top three contest the step-ladder finals.
The participants include professional women Cara Honeychurch of Australia and Americans Diandra Hyman and Shannon Buchan.
The men's pros are Americans Dino Castillo, Pete Dohan, Steve Jaros and Jason Queen.
Shalin has done well in an invitational tournament before.
In the all-amateur World Tenpin Masters in London two years ago, she defeated the men to emerge as the Masters champion.
Meanwhile, Sweden's Anders Ohman and Denmark Britt Broendsted emerged as the men's and women's champions in the World Ranking Masters on Wednesday.
Ohman defeated home favourite Bill Hoffman 2-1 (237-223, 199-211, 220-179) while Broendsted beat World Cupper Patricia Schwarz of Germany 2-0 (224-165, 224-215).
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