National Bowler Sin Li Jane Makes History as First Malaysian to Win US Women’s Open

Source: SAYS

National bowler Sin Li Jane has etched her name in history by becoming the first Malaysian to win the US Women’s Open on Tuesday, 18 June.

According to Bernama, the 32-year-old shone brightly at the Royal Pin Woodland bowling center in Indianapolis, Indiana, overcoming Latvia’s second seed Dania Zavjalova with a score of 226-214 in the final match.

This victory also makes Sin the second Asian champion in the tournament’s history, which dates back to 1949.

Sin not only claimed the iconic eagle trophy and the coveted green championship jacket but also walked away with a cash prize of USD60,000 (around RM280,000).

Youth and Sports Minister Hannah Yeoh praised Sin on social media for her groundbreaking win, highlighting that she is the first Southeast Asian to secure the title.

The New Straits Times noted that Sin’s triumph surpasses Datuk Shalin Zulkifli’s third-place finish in 2008, cementing her as a pivotal figure in Malaysian bowling.

This win marks Sin’s first major title and her third Professional Women’s Bowling Association Tour (PWBA) title of the season.

The United States Bowling Congress acknowledged Sin’s remarkable achievement, especially considering she had been absent from the tour for three seasons before the start of the 2024 season.

“I feel incredibly happy. I was determined to secure the win tonight,” Sin expressed to the US sports association. “I’ve dreamt about this moment for a long time, and after watching other bowlers win while I was away, today, I finally did it.”

Sin is now leading the race for the PWBA Player of the Year award. If she continues to dominate in wins and points, she could become the first international player to earn this prestigious honor.

Source : SAYS

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