PETALING JAYA: Defending champion Siti Zalina Ahmad can thank her lucky stars that she is in Wednesday’s singles final of the lawn bowls World Cup.
The 27-year-old policewoman pulled off a dramatic 9-8, 6-8, 5-3 semi-final win over Pricilla Westlake of Canada at the Warilla Bowls and Recreation Club in New South Wales, Australia, on Tuesday.
Siti was forced to come from behind twice in the tie-breaker to snatch victory.
It was sweet revenge for the two-time Commonwealth Games champion as she was beaten 6-5, 6-11, 1-4 by Westlake in a group match last week.
“I’m glad that I fought my way into the final. My plan was to enjoy my game but Pricilla made it difficult for me,” said Siti.
Westlake said she was not disappointed as she lost to a formidable opponent.
“Siti did a good job coming back (in the tie-breaker) to win the match. I am honoured to have played against a world champion,” said Westlake, who denied an all-Malaysian semi-finals when she edged World Champions of Champion winner Emma Firyana Saroji 9-4, 6-11, 3-0 in the playoffs on Monday.
Siti will play Carmen Anderson of Norfolk Island for the title. Anderson beat Australia’s Carla Krizanic 8-4, 6-6, 3-0 in the other semi-final.
Last year, Siti whipped Scotland’s Julie Forrest 11-4, 12-5 in the final.
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