Reigning World 10-Ball champion Rubilen Amit took the third place trophy in the 2014 Amway WPA (World Pool-Billiard Association) Women’s 9-Ball World Open held at the Taipei Gymnasium in Taiwan.
The 32-year-old Amit secured a spot in the 24-player knockout phase after finishing with a 3-1 card in the group stage. She defeated Wu Zhi-Ting of China, Ine Helvic of Norway and Lin Hsiao-Chi of Taiwan before bowing to Pan Xiao-Ting of China.
By virtue of her top seeding in the group stage, Amit had an opening bye in the main draw then scored a 7-4 revenge against Pan in the Last 16 and 9-7 win over former world champion Yu Ram Cha of South Korea in the quarterfinals.
Amit, however, lost to World 10-Ball runner-up Kelly Fisher of Great Britain, 8-9, in the semifinals.
“It’s just the breaks of the game but overall, I’m happy with my performance. Making it to the top three in this high-level of competition is already an achievement,” said Amit, a gold medalist in the 2013, 2009 and 2005 Southeast Asian Games.
Nonetheless, Amit earned $6,000 while Chou Chieh Yu of Taiwan, who defeated Fisher in the finals (11-8), bagged the $34,000 top purse. Fisher settled for the $13,000 runner-up prize.
Amit’s third-place finish was far better that her 17th-place ending in the 2013 edition.