Birgit Poppler leads the women going into day 4
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DOHA, December 6 – Block 1 daily high-series award winner and leader, Birgit Poppler of Germany remained unchallenged extending her lead in the Women’s qualifying round of the World Singles Championship 2016 after the second block. Poppler got off the second block with a superb 235 in the fifth game as Esther Cheah of Malaysia fired the highest game of 244 but made no headway as she was down the field. Clara Juliana Guerrero took over second spot with 221 as Laura Beuthner of Germany slipped to third. The German continued her relentless pace reeling in back-to-back 216s to stretch her lead to 49 pins.

2016 PWBA Rookie of the Year, New Hui Fen of Singapore homed moved up to take up second spot with two splendid games of 234 and 244. Poppler ended the second block with 227 for a 894 series and an 8-game total of 1832 to remain in pole position. Hui Fen took second spot with an 893 series and a total of 1758, 74 pins adrift. Sin Li Jane of Malaysia posted the highest game of 277 in the final game to leapfrog into third spot with 1750.

Rocio Respreto of Colombia also ended on a big game of 266 to clinch the Women’s daily high-series award of US$200 with 955 and finished fourth overall with 1746. Newly-crowned QubicaAMF World Cup champion, Jenny Wegner of Sweden rounded out the top five with 1718. Guerrero, who was third in the first block, managed only 791 series to slip down to ninth position. The cut for the top 32 position went to Sandra Conqora of Mexico with 1508 (averaging 188.5). The women will end their qualifying round with the third block tomorrow in the evening.

The top 32 women in the standings at the end of the third block will qualify for the Step 2 finals.

Clara Guerrero of Colombia
Photo: Finest Events

Jenny Wegner of Sweden
Photo: Finest Events

The top 32 women in the standings at the end of the third block will qualify for the Step 2 finals.

Terence Yaw

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