Bowling: Singapore's Joey Yeo captures inaugural Bowling World Open women's title

PHOTO: SINGAPORE BOWLING
PHOTO: SINGAPORE BOWLING
PHOTO: SINGAPORE BOWLING
PHOTO: SINGAPORE BOWLING

SINGAPORE - Singapore's Joey Yeo has won the inaugural Bowling World Open women's singles title in Japan.

The 17-year-old beat German Birgit Poppler 207-204 in the play-off final at the Makuhari-Messe exhibition hall on the outskirts of Tokyo.

This is Joey's biggest individual triumph of her career and she also earned 10 million yen (S$110,052) for her victory.

She had previously won a trios gold medal in the Asian Bowling Championships in January and was part of the Republic's winning team in last year's Asian Games in Incheon.

The first-ever Bowling World Open, conducted by World Bowling in cooperation with the Japan Bowling Congress and the National Bowling Federation of Japan, was held as part of the sport's bid for inclusion in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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