Defending champion Kirsten Penny from England still has a good shot at making the
double. However, Germany’s Nadine Geisler from Kaiserslauten, who has been the frontrunner almost from the start of competiton on Wednesday, cruised through the final eight-game block to lead both the squad and the overall standings, scoring 1794 on the combined short and long condition, the same score as yesterday’s long pattern.
Penny had 1638 today to finish in second place overall and Krista Pollanen from Finland takes third, falling back to 1542 on this testing combined pattern. Up into fourth comes Laura Rhoney from Scotland, bowling consistently on all three patterns and fifth is Marija Tkacenko from Latvia. The remaining three places of qualifiers go to Patcharin Torgersen, Norway; Ivonne Gross, Austria and Shahaf Antin, Israel.
Just the top eight after these 24 games remain in competition and the format switches to best of three games with the highest seed versus low and the high seed choosing the starting condition on the pair of lanes so Geisler will face Antin; Penny versus Gross; Pollanen against Torgersen and Rhoney takes on Tkacenko.
“The double would be nice, I wouldn’t say no, but there is a long way to go yet,” said Penny. “I didn’t play very well today. I had a lot of loose shots, missed quite a few spares and had some issues with a couple of my balls and … excuses, excuses, but I didn’t play particularly well but I’m happy I made the cut and that was what I needed to do.”
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TOP 20 WOMEN’S STANDINGS
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