ADELPHI -- A seemingly endless 1 1/2 -year slump is apparently over for Aleta Sill.
Sill continued to waltz through the competition last night in the $45,000 Lady Fair Lanes Open and will be top-seeded tonight in the nationally televised finals.
Sill, of Dearborn, Mich., needs only to win one game in the five-person stepladder finals to win the championship.
"I've been bowling much better lately after being in a slump for one and a half years," said Sill. "The slump started when I began letting lane conditions bother me. Also, my wrist and elbow had been hurting a lot because of tendinitis."
But Sill said she has been able to put all her troubles aside this week and feels confident.
"This will be my 59th show in 10 years, and I've won 17 titles," said Sill. "And I like being No. 1 because I don't worry about what anybody else is doing to get to me."
In the stepladder finals, the No. 5 seed bowls No. 4 in the first game, with the winner in each game advancing up the ladder to the top seed.
Sill was one of four left-handers who made the top five after 18 games of qualifying and 24 games of match play.
The only right-hander still around is fourth-seeded Sandra Jo Shiery of Coldwater, Mich.
Sill, who has averaged 221.5 pins a game, has been saying all week that the lanes at Fair Lanes University have "favored left-handers."
And after last night's conclusion of match play, the rest of the bowlers agreed with her.