We know the top 8 advancing to tomorrow’s 4 games. The leader after 24 games is Maria Bulanova of Russia with 5483 pins (228.4 avg.) followed by Casja Wegner of Sweden who was trying to catch up with Maria, but in the end she was short by just 35 pins (5448). The third place was won by Nicole Sanders of the Netherlands with 5383 pins.
Since the top 4 was more or less obvious from the very beginning, the attention was focused on the remaining four free spots. Until the last games there were seven candidates for spots 5 to 8. The lucky ones were Nadine Geißler of Germany, Heidi Thorstensen of Norway, Petra Stankova of Slovakia and Danni Hopcroft of England.
We asked Danni Hopcroft to share her feelings with us:
“I am extremely happy. This is a huge success for me. Today I played my game, but I had problems with carry. So I said to myself I had to make some change.”
So what change did you make? Because your finish was huge.
“After game 6 I made a ball change. I switched to SnapLock and the problem with carry disappeared out of the blue. I still played my game and believed I could make it to the top 8, which I did thanks to the last two games 256 + 269. As I said, I am really happy and I am looking forward to tomorrow’s four games. I will fight and try to get through to the top 4.
We also asked Solene Goron of France to say a few words to us:
“My game today was quite steady. I knew that if I play my game I will advance. I do not know why but I also felt better on the lanes than the previous days. Tomorrow I will have to stay focused and strike more and hopefully I will make it to the top 4. I will have to be consistent since the players behind me are very good and the difference to my fourth spot is not so big.”