‘Hornbill Twins’ roll into semis
Posted on June 28, 2012, Thursday
KUCHING: Malaysia’s Dayang Khairuniza Dhiyana Abang Jamaliddon and Jacqueline Jenelee Sijore led the top four pairs from Squad B of the Girl’s Doubles event to advance into the semi-finals of the 12th World Youth Championships in Bangkok, Thailand late Tuesday night.
Tagged as the ‘Hornbill Twins’, the Sarawakians started off modestly with 394 combined game.
Unperturbed by a power outage that caused almost an hour’s delay and on resumption of play, Khairuniza and World Women’s singles champion Jacqueline surged into the lead with scores of 219 and 236 for a commanding 455 game.
Khairuniza followed through with a fiery 241 while Jacqueline paced with a 198 game.
By the fourth game, they were continuing to dictate the pace and Singapore’s second pair of New Hui Fen and Bernice Lim made their bid with a sizzling 507 game to trail their neighbours.
Khairuniza and Jacqueline went on cruise control for a comfortable end to claim top spot for the semi-finals with 2,614 pins, exactly 100 pins ahead of Hui Fen-Lim who had knocked down 2,514 pins.
Japan’s Misaki Mukotani and Hiraku Takekawa held on to third spot with 2,501 pins while pace-setters Kim and Hwang took the final semi-final spot with 2,497.
A tactical switch of the Malaysian women’s doubles pairing by coaches Ben Heng and Azidi Ameran paid dividends.
“I felt great for making the top four standings after missing my chance in the singles event,” said Jacqueline.
“Our telepathic understanding since our playing days in Sarawak enhanced our confidence to excel,” commented Khairuniza.
The other Malaysian pair Hee Kar Yen and Sin Li Jane finished in 14th position with 2,356 combined total.
Khairuniza-Jacqueline will meet the Koreans in the first semi-final today at 1:30pm local time while the Singaporean pair will meet the Japanese pair in the other semi-final.