Kim Terrell-Kearney of Dover, Del., and Shalin Zulkifli of Malaysia advanced to the semifinals Tuesday at the 2008 U.S. Women's Open, a United States Bowling Congress event.
Terrell-Kearney defeated Diandra Asbaty of Chicago, 194-191, while Zulkifli defeated Jodi Woessner of Oregon, Ohio, 266-194, as both winners moved on to Wednesday night's semifinals. The two players who will join them will be determined Wednesday afternoon.
Trailing early in her quarterfinal match against Asbaty, Terrell-Kearney made a ball change that led to a rousing comeback at Brunswick Zone XL. After starting with two splits in the first three frames, Terrell-Kearney switched balls and struck on five of her next eight shots.
"It's a little scary at the start, but sometimes that can be to your advantage because you feel like you have nothing to lose," Terrell-Kearney said. "I was playing catch up and had to find something to strike, so I was lucky when I changed balls that I found something."
Asbaty allowed Terrell-Kearney to sneak back into the match when she left the 1-2-10 washout in the ninth frame. On the spare attempt, she wrapped the headpin around the 10 pin, leaving the ninth frame open and allowing Terrell-Kearney to step up and throw two consecutive strikes to secure victory.
"Off my hand that shot felt pretty good, but I may have missed it a little bit at the bottom," Asbaty said. "I thought I made the spare, but the headpin just wrapped around the 10. I made really good shots and you can't always say that when you bowl on TV, so I have no regrets."
In the night's second quarterfinal match, Zulkifli started with five consecutive strikes to pull away early and never look back against Woessner.
"I was a bit nervous in the first match because it was the first time I've been on TV in the States," Zulkifli said. "In the second match, I was a bit more relaxed and I touched up the surface of the ball I was throwing so that gave me a bit more room and allowed me to feel more loose."
In the Round of 16, Zulkifli defeated Tennelle Milligan of Costa Mesa, Calif., 192-178, while Woessner took out Kristal Wilson of Lawrence, Kan., 246-192.
Asbaty knocked off Maxine Nable of Australia, 227-205, as Nable missed two easy spares in the match to fall behind. Terrell-Kearney advanced by starting with four consecutive strikes in a 212-190 victory over Brenda Mack of Indianapolis.
Eight players will take part in the second half of the Round of 16 and quarterfinals on Wednesday beginning at Noon Central at Brunswick Zone XL.
All of the Round of 16, quarterfinals, semifinals and championship match will be televised on a tape-delayed basis by ESPN. The telecasts begin Sept. 7 at 1 p.m. and continue for five consecutive weeks.
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2008 U.S. WOMEN'S OPEN
At Brunswick Zone XL, Romeoville, Ill.
ROUND OF 16
(Winners advance to quarterfinals, losers finish tied for ninth and earn $4,000)
(4) Diandra Asbaty, Chicago def. (13) Maxine Nable, Australia, 227-205
(12) Kim Terrell-Kearney, Dover, Del., def. (5) Brenda Mack, Indianapolis, 212-190
(14) Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, def. (3) Kristal Wilson, Lawrence, Kan., 246-192
(6) Shalin Zulkifli, Malaysia def. (11) Tennelle Milligan, Costa Mesa, Calif., 192-178
(Winners advance to semifinals, losers finish tied for fifth and earn $6,000)
(12) Terrell-Kearney def. (4) Asbaty, 194-191
(6) Zulkifli def. (14) Woessner, 266-194
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