Bowling: This title means the world to me, says Shayna Ng after historic gold

A happy pair are Shayna Ng (left) and Cherie Tan after the former beat the latter in the women's singles final at the International Bowling Federation Super World Championships on Nov 12 in Dubai. PHOTO: SINGAPORE BOWLING FEDERATION
National bowlers Shayna Ng (second from left) and Cherie Tan with the other two women's singles semi-finalists, Guatemala's Sofia Rodriguez (left) and Canada's Sarah Klassen. PHOTO: DUBAI INTERNATIONAL BOWLING CENTRE

SINGAPORE - National bowler Shayna Ng clinched a historic gold medal in the women's singles at the International Bowling Federation Super World Championships on Friday (Nov 12), after beating compatriot Cherie Tan in the final.

The two-game final at the Sports, Fitness and Wellbeing Hub in Expo 2020 Dubai saw a tight contest between the two teammates, with Ng and Tan taking a game each.

Ng won the first game 234-215, while Tan clinched the second 226-206, resulting in a ninth and 10th frame roll-off, which the former won 49-27.

Ng, 32, said: "It's been the first major since 2019 so we are very glad to finish first and second, it's a great result for Singapore.

"This title, being a world title, would definitely mean the world to me. But more importantly, I'm just glad I didn't lose my competitive touch since we took quite a break during Covid.

"It's never easy to face your own teammate in the finals. I believe Cherie made really good shots and we were both giving all that we had. Lucky for me, the pins fell. But if you look on the bright side, we secured a definite gold for Singapore and that's ultimately all that matters."

She said the pandemic tested her resolve as she had to rediscover her passion for the sport.

She noted: "The hardest part for me was to stay motivated despite not having any competitions to train for. I decided to make changes to my game - changes that I never would have the time to change if we kept competing.

"I worked mainly on my physical game. I've learnt to create more tilt and rotation on the ball which I previously wasn't able to do. This gives me more versatility in my game. Also worked on some aspects of my timing, to create more delay at the release."

Her teammate Tan, 33, was gracious in defeat. She said: "It was disappointing to come so far and not win, but I had a good run. I felt that I bowled well throughout the entire event, from qualifying to matchplay and all the way through to the finals. And I can bring this forward to the next few events."

Singapore Bowling Federation president Valerie Teo said on Saturday: "What Shayna and Cherie did last night is incredible. Their historic gold and silver finish made all of us extremely proud. These ladies have been exceptional fighters on the lanes and exemplary role models for our younger bowlers. We hope this 1-2 podium finish spurs the team on for the remaining events of the competition to reap the rewards of their hard work.

"The atmosphere at the World Championships has been inspiring, and all of us here at home have been cheering the team on and, yes, basking in their excellent performances."

Shayna Ng after winning the bowling world title in Dubai on Nov 12, 2021. PHOTO: SHAYNG/INSTAGRAM

In the last-four stage, Tan pulled away early on to easily beat Canada's Sarah Klassen 246-193, while Ng had a slightly tougher time in getting past Sofia Rodriguez of Guatemala 216-203.

In the mixed team qualification event earlier on Friday, both Singapore teams advanced to the matchplay round.

The first team comprising Tan, Ng, Darren Ong and Cheah Ray Han came in fourth in the 46-team qualifiers, while New Hui Fen, Iliya Syamim, Jonovan Neo and Joel Tan placed eighth.

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