As for Adrian, the win was a huge boost for the Penang-born who had returned in March from a right ring-finger injury. He had sustained the injury at the 2011 Indonesia Sea Games where he bagged four gold and one bronze. Adrian, 25, has not fully recovered from the injury and will return to rehab in the hope of getting better ahead of the world meet.
"I have not recovered 100 per cent and will continue with treatment. As for my win in Singapore, it is a huge boost for my confidence ahead of the world meet. I just want to focus on my games and do better," said Adrian yesterday. Muhd Rafiq Ismail also emerged as one of Malaysia's top finishers, making him a strong contender for a place in the Nevada-bound team.
Rafiq, 16, has been consistent throughout the season. Former back-up bowler Syimir Abd Razak and Timmy Tan were also in their element, finishing fifth and sixth respectively, ahead of their senior peers. In the women's section, Li Jane, a singles gold medallist at last year's Asian Championships, edged Shalin Zulkifli in the final. Shalin's performance in Singapore is a good sign for the women's team ahead of the world meet.
Malaysia's performance in the Singapore Open, achieving top two in the men's section and top three in the women's event, is the best ever in recent history. Holloway, delighted with the result in Singapore, said: "All of them are progressing well. It has also given me a headache as I must now select the best six men and six women bowlers for the world meet.
"I am happy for Adrian as he has won a tournament after an injury. He is getting better and progressing accordingly. I will recommend my best bowlers to MTBC's selection committee for the world meet in two or three weeks," said the former Asian Games gold medallist.
However, Holloway is not keen to name youngsters like Rafiq, for the world meet. "Rafiq has once again made a huge impact along with Timmy but we must take into consideration if they can compete against top-ranked bowlers at the world meet. I will have a look at all of them before deciding," Holloway added.
The bowlers will compete against each other in a roll-off, which starts tomorrow, which will be the final avenue for them to impress Holloway. Except for Esther Cheah, who will defend her title at the Hong Kong Open which starts on Wednesday, the others will be grounded in Kuala Lumpur until the world meet.
*Sumber dari New Straits Times