Bowler Bernice third at World Cup
For much of the week, Singapore bowler Bernice Lim had been cruising in the QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in Shanghai.
The 24-year-old led the 63-woman field from the second squad in qualifying, up till the semi-finals on Saturday (Oct 22).
But she came undone in her bid to be the third Singaporean to win a QubicaAMF world title - after Jasmine Yeong-Nathan in 2008 and Shayna Ng in 2012 - when she lost 227-204 pinfalls to Sweden's Jenny Wegner in the semi-finals and finished third.
Teammate Norman Cai was 10th in the men's competition.
"For the semi-finals, they constructed two lanes in a 1,000-seater stadium, and I had about half an hour of practice before the semi-finals," Lim told The New Paper yesterday.
"The atmosphere was very different and I tried to adapt as best as I could," added the kegler, who finished 20th in the same competition in 2009.
"I am quite happy with the past week, but quite disappointed with my game today, given how close I was to winning the World Cup."
Coming off a "disappointing" Asian Bowling Championships last month, Lim had focused on the mental aspects in preparing for the World Cup.
She said: "I worked a lot with the sports psychologist because the Asian Bowling Championships were quite bad for me. I needed to regroup and not lose my confidence.
"At the World Cup, the lanes were different every day and I did my best trying to adapt to the changing conditions," added Lim, who clinched the Professional Women's Bowling Association USBC Queens event in Las Vegas in May.
She is hoping to be selected for the World Singles Championships in Qatar in December, but conceded that teammates such as Shayna Ng, Cherie Tan and New Hui Fen have also won titles this year.
Lim said: "I definitely want to have another shot at winning the world title."