Bowling: Bernice Lim fails to convert strong start into victory at Indonesia Open

JAKARTA - Bernice Lim had to settle for silver after the Singaporean lost in the Women's Open stepladder final at the 13th Indonesia Open Bowling Championship on Sunday.

The 23-year old, who won the Open in 2007 and last year, lost to Indonesia's Nadia Pramanik.

The top seed started strongly, winning the first game 257 to 246, but lost the second 186 to 214, giving her a collective score of 443, against her opponent's 460.

She said: "I was definitely aiming to win, but I can't control the results and I did my best and I am quite happy about it."

Poor adjustments cost her the game, as coach Hemli Chew said: "Going into the second game, we had a couple of bad breaks and we made some adjustments that did not turn out well, but I think she (Lim) bowled very well."

Despite the loss, Lim has learnt a lot, and will be focusing on doing well at the 46th Singapore National Championships, scheduled for Nov 10 to 15.

Said Lim: "Coming in second, I have a lot of confidence going into the nationals and I hope to win the title."

Singapore's Tay Hui Wen finished 12th in the same event, while Suresh Elangovan finished ninth in the men's stepladder.