PETALING JAYA: Defending champion Siti Zalina Ahmad and Emma Firyana Saroji are one step away from the semi-finals of the lawn bowls World Cup.
They booked the last four playoffs slots after winning their penultimate group matches at the Warilla Bowls and Recreation Club in New South Wales, Australia.
Siti made short work of Japan’s Midori Matsuoka with a 15-3, 15-2 win to finish second on 15 points – tied with Australia’s Karla Krizanic and Hong Kong’s Dorothy Yu. Canada’s Pricilla Westlake top the group on 18 points.
Siti wraps up her campaign against Dorothy on Monday. Emma pulled off a narrow 14-4, 8-14, 4-3 win over Singapore’s Beng Hue Lee to be tied in second spot with Scotland’s Stacey McDougall on 15 points. Norfolk Islands’ Carmen Anderson leads with 18 points. Emma plays McDougall on Monday.
The group winners will qualify for the semi-finals while the second and third-placed players (from the two groups) will play in the playoffs for the other two slots.
In the men’s competition, Fairul Izwan Abdul Muin failed to make the semi-final.
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