Former world champion Rubilen Amit lost to Gao Meng of China, 4-7, at the start of the prestigious 2013 Women’s World 9-ball Championship on Friday at the Richgate Shopping Center complex in Shenyang, China.
Amit managed to post a 3-2 lead in the early goings but committed crucial miscues in the sixth frame that allowed Gao to get back on track and sealed her first win in the tournament sanctioned by the World Pool-Billiard Association.
Amit and Gao are in Group F along with Martine Christiansen of Norway, Pan Xiaoting of China, Taylor Meyer of Australia, Natalia Seroshtan of Russia, and Huang Yi Ting and Tsai Pei Chen of Taiwan.
The Filipina cue artist must win her remaining games to earn a spot in the next round. The event employs a double-elimination format.
There are 64 players in the tournament divided into eight groups. The top four players in each group will advance to the 32-player knockout stage.
Another Filipina, Iris Ranola, is in Group B with Mirjana Grujici of Venezuela, Nouchi Masam of Japan, Caroline Roos of Sweden, Meenal Thakur of India and Wu Zhi Ting, Chou Chieh-Yu and Lai Hui Shan of Taiwan.
The event offers a total prize fund of $150,000 with the winner getting $40,000 and the runner-up receiving $20,000.