Cherie pipped in Manila
She beat the best of Malaysia en route to winning the Malaysian International Open on May 10, and Cherie Tan looked poised to bag her second title in a month at the Euro-Med Storm International Masters in Manila on Saturday.
But it was a Malaysian who threw a spanner in the works for Tan.
Sin Li Jane's 215 pinfalls was enough to beat Tan (198) in the final at Manila's Pearl Bowling Centre but, for a while, it appeared that the Singaporean was going to continue her purple patch.
Tan opened the final with three straight strikes while Sin managed only spares, but things took a dramatic turn in the fifth frame.
Sin, 22, hit four strikes in a row as Tan faltered, even failing to spare the seventh frame.
Tan may have slipped in Manila, but she remains one of the Republic's most in-form bowlers. Before this, she led a Singaporean 1-2-3 finish in Malaysia, with Daphne Tan and Joey Yeo taking second and third spots respectively.
The Republic's bowlers will be looking for a similarly strong performance at the upcoming 47th Singapore International Open at Orchid Country Club from May 27 to June 7.
- Shamir Osman