QUARTERFINALS

by Bob Johnson 0

Three of the four matches in the men’s Masters quarterfinal were decided 2-0 and thr fourth went to 2-1.

All Events leader Habib Dogan of Turkey beat Ron Berlov of Israel as first of the 2-0 winners and was quickly followed by local player Marcial Ovide of Catalonia, taking out Frenchman Yoni Billiaut 2-0.

Greece versus Italy and Marco Reviglio from Turin beat Doubles gold medalist Evaggelos Kristinis from Athens over the two games and rounding off the openers, the other Greek, Georgios Stefanidis went into the third game to beat Israeli Lior Koren.

The line-up for the semi-finals in Dogan versus Ovide and Stefanidis against Reviglio.

No problem for Sue Abela of Malta to win her first match, two 200-plus games gave her a 2-0 win over Israel’s Rhona Gill, but the other three matches went the distance.

Many cheers for Catalonian Sandra Torrents, keeping local hopes of further medals alive with her 2-1 victory over Martha Karatzoula of Greece. The all-French confrontation betweek Solene Goron and Lauriance Celie went the latter’s way and finally Helga Biaga de Benedetto of Italy had to say ciao to Niki Schiza of Cyprus.

Abela will face Torrents and Celie against Schiza for a place in the final.

Live web streaming currently on www.fiqtv.com. Commentary will commence at 16:30 CET for the finals.

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.