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Siti Zalina eyes history in Birmingham

KUALA LUMPUR: Veteran lawn bowler Siti Zalina Ahmad boosted her chances of winning the women's singles gold at the Commonwealth Games for the third time after storming into the semi-finals in Birmingham on Sunday.

The 43-year-old, the winner of the 2002 Manchester and 2006 Melbourne editions, whipped Nooroa Mataio of the Cook Island 21-14 to set up a last- four meeting today (at 7pm Malaysian time) with Lucy Beere of Guernsey, a former World Cup singles and European champion.

Siti Zalina has been in fine form since the preliminary stages -- winning Group A with ease.

She was unbeaten in all four matches.

The other semi-final pits Ellen Ryan of Australia and Shae Wilson of Norfolk Islands.

The semi-finalists are not guaranteed a medal.

Siti Zalina is aiming to become the first player to win three singles gold since the women's events inception in 1986.

Meanwhile, it was the end of the road for Malaysia in the men's triples after Izzat Shameer Dzulkeple, Syamil Syazwan Ramli and Soufi Rusli lost 24-14 to Australia's Barry Lester-Carl Healey and Ben Twist in the quarter-finals.

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