This time, the 2009 national champion is not only hoping to end her winless streak but also put in a solid performance to impress the national selectors and win the final spot on the women’s elite team. The Inter-state and National Championships begin tomorrow and end on April 20.
Two other bowlers – Commonwealth Tenpin Bowling Championships gold medallist Dayang Khairuniza Dhiyana Abang Jamalidon and veteran Sharon Koh – are also in contention for a place on the women’s elite team after all three failed to perform up to expectations at the Brunswick meet.
“I think we’re all equally good. I’m just trying not to put too much pressure on myself. I want to put in a good, solid performance here and hope for the best,” said Safiyah, who at 19 became the youngest Malaysian to win the World Ranking Masters in 2009.
“Both championships are equally important as our scores in both events will be taken into account. So consistency will be the key here. Plus, the points will also be added to our world rankings ... so it’s crucial that I perform well.” Safiyah, who has recovered from a thyroid condition, is keen to prove her worth as a national bowler.
“I’ve been preparing for this since coming back from Munich last month. I’ve been training on both oiling patterns (medium and long) to get into the groove,” she said. “I’ve trained on both patterns for a few years now so I’m comfortable bowling on both. What’s really lacking is consistency and that’s something I’m working towards achieving ... and also picking up my spares.”
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