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DIANA ZAVJALOVA CAPTURES FIRST WORLD BOWLING TOUR FINALS TITLE
RENO, Nev. – Two-time Professional Women’s Bowling Association Tour champion Diana Zavjalova of Latvia delivered a strike in the final frame at the National Bowling Stadium on Sunday to capture her first World Bowling Tour Finals title.
The strike forced two-time defending champion Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, New York, to do the same in the 10th frame to win, but a 10 pin denied McEwan her third consecutive title, giving Zavjalova the win, 235-232.
Zavjalova earned $12,500 for the win, while McEwan pocketed $7,500.
The semifinal and final matches were contested on the 39-foot Seoul pattern from World Bowling’s bank of oil patterns and featured the “Current Frame” scoring system, where players earned 30 pins a frame for each strike and 10 pins, plus the total from their first shot of that frame, for a spare. Players earned their total pinfall for the frame for an open.
Bowlers only compete for 10 frames in the “Current Frame” system, so there are no additional shots in the 10th frame if a player strikes or spares. The maximum score is 300.
Zavjalova, who was the top seed, trailed through the first four frames of the match, which included an open in the second. She came back to take the lead in the fifth and remained clean through the end of the match.
Following an open in the sixth, McEwan rallied for strikes in frames seven, eight and nine, but was denied in the 10th frame.
Zavjalova, who lives in Austin, Texas, didn’t completely feel comfortable during the title match but ultimately it was enough to claim victory.
“I woke up and everything felt off,” Zavjalova said. “When I went to the TV pair before my match, I didn’t feel comfortable, and I honestly didn’t feel comfortable throughout the entire match. During the last couple frames, I told myself, ‘you know what, it’s going to happen every now and then and you have to deal with whatever you have in front of you. So, your uncomfortable is going to be good enough to win.’ And, it was.”