Cream rises to the top in women’s singles
The cream is rising to the top in the women’s singles event at the 2017 Australian Open. The cream is rising to the top in the women’s singles event at the 2017 Australian Open.
Unlike the men’s event, which saw a mass exodus of former winners and international raiders, most big-name competitors have eased through to the round of 32 relatively unscathed.
2009 singles winner Kelsey Cottrell, who is one of just two people who have secured the event’s singles, pairs, triples and fours titles, headlines an illustrious list of players still in the hunt, along with fellow past winner, Ellen Ryan, who claimed the title when the event first moved to the Gold Coast in 2015.
There’s a number of current Australian Jackaroos still in the mix, including Carla Krizanic, Natasha Scott, Rebecca Van Asch, Kristina Krstic, and Karen Murphy.
There’s also a fair few internationals looming large, including Malaysia’s 2007 winner Siti Zalina Ahmad, Norfolk Island’s World Cup winner Carmen Anderson, South Africa’s Commonwealth Games gold medallist Colleen Piketh and her country-mate Elma Davis, New Zealand Blackjack Katelyn Inch and Canada’s Kelly McKerihan.
A further three knockout rounds will be played tomorrow, including the round of 32, 16 and quarter-finals.
There’s plenty of action taking place at Broadbeach from 9.00am, including Australian teammates Carla Krizanic and Natasha Scott squaring off, on rink 3.
Jackaroos stalwart Karen Murphy is pitted against 2015 runner-up Maree Gibbs, on rink 8.
2007 singles winner Siti Zalina Ahmad faces Samantha Shannahan at Broadbeach, on rink 10.
Young Jackaroo ace Kristina Krstic encounters 2016 World Cup winner Carmen Anderson, on rink 11.
Stay tuned to Bowls Australia’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/BowlsAustralia) as we bring one of the quarter-finals matches to Rinkside Live tomorrow from approximately 2.30pm.
By the end of tomorrow, the world will know the names of the Australian Open’s first lot of semi-finalists.
Click here to view the full women’s singles results.
Caption: Karen Murphy is still in the hunt of an elusive Australian Open singles titles to accompany her many team trophies.