Reigning champion Jo Edwards has sailed through section play at the World Cup Indoor Singles in Warilla, failing to drop a game after seven starts.
Hosted at the Warilla Bowls and Recreation Club in New South Wales, Edwards is likely to be joined in post-section by fellow Kiwis Val Smith and Ali Forsyth – both presently sitting in a play-off spot with one round to go. In his final round, Forsyth will take on Malaysia’s Soufli Rusli, though with Rusli already having lost three games prior to his match-up with the Kiwi, Forsyth has all but guaranteed himself a place in post-section having lost only one fixture.
Australia’s David Ferguson, the only player to have beaten Forsyth thus far, will need to beat Canadian rep Hirendra Bhartu to earn himself a direct ticket to the semi-finals, though a Forsyth win and a Ferguson upset could see the Blackjack leap ahead and win the section on countback.
In the women’s field, Smith will have to defeat Macao China representative Sio Peng Chan if she is to cement her spot in the play-offs, though a strong challenge from South Africa’s Colleen Piketh looms as anything other than a draw or loss for Smith could see Piketh spring ahead of the Kiwi and take the all-important third placing.
However, if this week’s form is anything to go by, Smith should prove too tough for Peng Chan, who has yet to register a win after seven starts. Section leader Rebecca Van Asch (Australia) has guaranteed her place in the semi-final, following an unbeaten streak after eight games and is likely to be joined by Smith and Piketh as the next best qualifiers.
Warilla powerhouse Kay Moran has taken out runner-up position in section two, while last year’s runner-up Lucy Beere of Guernsey has kept her title hopes alive finishing third place.
Meanwhile, the carpet king Jeremy Henry is edging closer to an unprecedented sixth indoor crown, advancing to this year’s semi-final with nine wins and a narrow tie-break loss to India under his belt.
Joining Henry is likely to be section runner-up in Malta’s Brendan Aquilina and the winner between Guernsey’s Matt Le Ber and USA hopeful Charlie Herbert who currently sit third and fourth respectively, but are scheduled to do battle in the final round on Monday in a winner takes all match-up.
The business end of the competition is set to get underway on Tuesday.