Finals Day in Barcelona

October 9th, 2011  |  Published in Breaking News

After six gruelling squads over three days of qualifying, the leading 24 girls now face two four-game blocks before the four

Mai Ginge Jensen

semi-finalists are named.

Fifty per cent of the qualifying scores is carried forward into the two final stages and then the leading four play best of three games in semi-finals and the two winners advance to a further best of three game final.

Who is favorite, I hear you ask? Well, bowling mundane scores over her first couple of squads, defending champion Denmark’s Mai Ginge Jensen came to the fore last night to win the final squad and said that she is going to be the one to beat. “Everybody wants to beat me as I am the world champion,” she said after the squad. She won the All Events gold medal at the recent World Women’s Championships in Hong Kong with a 24-game total of 5744, a fantastic average of 239, outshining the so-called American stars. To add to her treasure haul, she also picked up a further three bronze medals.

Then there’s Clara Juliana Guerrero, a Colombian now married and living in Texas. she loves being in Barcelona and it was here last year that she was inducted in the World Bowling Writers Hall of Fame and was also World Bowler of the Year.

England’s Nicki Ainge, getting her feet back into the doors after a five-month drop from bowling following an injury, topped the qualifying round with the only score over 1300, a 1306, and fellow countrywoman Kirsten Penny, a past EWM champion, is always a danger when in a fighting mood, and she looks that way today.

And what a good each-way bet for young Daria Kovalova from Ukraine, but now living in Moscow. She won one of the qualifying squads and was runner-up in the final squad. She has already clinched the President Samaranch Trophy, an additional prize for the under-20s, and at the tender age of 16 is certainly proving to be a force to be reckoned with.

So, four of the eight games completed and the star of our show so far is once again Mai Ginge Jensen, she just seems unstoppable and on the crest of the waves.

“I think the most important thing is to focus on the game,” Mai explained. “I think everybody expects me to win because I am a world champion, but everybody here has a chance and that is a good thing about this tournament. I knew that I had to grab myself a good last game.

“I really didn’t like lanes 7 & 8 yesterday, but today I do. I watched Clara (Guerrero) bowl and it was easy to see a good line and do something. It is great when you can have two good people bowling together on the same pair and that’s important. You can see if she makes a bad shot or whether it is the lane so make the necessary moves.”

As you can see on the updated scores, Jensen leads with 1515 and guerrero is just nine sticks back. Our two Brits, Penny and Ainge, sit a little in the wilderness but third and fourth respectively with 1442 and 1441.

Final stage 2 bowls off at 11.30 CET with four more games, then the top four progress to the finals.

STANDINGS AFTER FINAL STAGE 1:

VII EUROPEAN WOMEN’S MASTERS

PRESIDENT SAMARANCH TROPHY

QUARTER FINAL

P Player Federation Qualify 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Pins TOTAL
1 Mai Ginge Jensen Denmark 637 211 224 198 245 0 0 0 0 878 1515
2 Clara Guerrero Colombia 644 177 259 224 202 0 0 0 0 862 1506
3 Kirsten Penny England 628 236 224 183 171 0 0 0 0 814 1442
4 Nicki Ainge England 653 174 213 175 226 0 0 0 0 788 1441
5 Daria Kovalova Ukraine 634 192 194 205 191 0 0 0 0 782 1416
6 Krista Pollanen Finland 616 202 158 215 223 0 0 0 0 798 1414
7 Helen Johnsson Sweden 630 143 178 179 278 0 0 0 0 778 1408
8 Bettina Lund Denmark 629 188 177 174 236 0 0 0 0 775 1404
9 Britt Brondsted Denmark 613 215 177 229 156 0 0 0 0 777 1390
10 Joline-persson Planefors Sweden 589 177 209 213 194 0 0 0 0 793 1382
11 Gaelle Laplanche France 605 196 187 169 224 0 0 0 0 776 1381
12 Luz Adriana Leal Colombia 633 176 166 184 222 0 0 0 0 748 1381
13 Anja Ginge Denmark 596 203 197 170 213 0 0 0 0 783 1379
14 Rebecka Larsen Sweden 592 155 195 235 194 0 0 0 0 779 1371
15 Valérie Murat France 593 196 223 185 166 0 0 0 0 770 1363
16 Laurence Gaillard France 617 177 176 189 201 0 0 0 0 743 1360
17 Roosa Lunden Finland 615 197 178 183 174 0 0 0 0 732 1347
18 Randi Kryger Denmark 584 191 178 177 195 0 0 0 0 741 1325
19 Sandra Torrents Pelaez Catalonia 623 161 174 188 179 0 0 0 0 702 1325
20 Nina Flack Sweden 594 198 171 190 168 0 0 0 0 727 1321
21 Sanna Pasanen Finland 598 201 161 207 150 0 0 0 0 719 1317
22 Stéphanie Dubourg France 601 171 212 161 155 0 0 0 0 699 1300
23 Eva Jonsson Sweden 601 196 167 127 205 0 0 0 0 695 1296
24 Ida Andersson Sweden 592 177 175 181 159 0 0 0 0 692 1284

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