Former world champion Rubilen Amit secured a spot in the knockout stage of the prestigious 2016 World 8-Ball Championship women’s division being held at the First High School Stadium in Shangrao City, China.
Amit scored two straight victories in the losers’ bracket to advance to the 32-player main draw. She defeated Jia Wei Toh of Singapore (7-0) and Wei Tsu-Chien of Taiwan (7-4).
The Filipina cue master was relegated to the one-loss side following her 6-7 defeat to Oliwia Czuprynska of Poland in the first round.
Amit will be meeting world champion Kim Ga Young of South Korea in the first round of the knockout stage of the tournament sanctioned by the World Pool-Billiard Association.
Not as lucky was Southeast Asian Games gold medalist Iris Ranola who succumbed to Kim (4-7) and Lin Yuan-Chun of Taiwan (3-7).
In the men’s division, Lee Vann Corteza and Carlo Biado also fell short in their respective campaign.
Corteza bowed to Michael Hill of Great Britain in the opening round of the knockout phase.
He made it to the next round by nipping Judd Trump of Great Britain, 9-3, and Yong Hei of South Korea, 9-3.
For his part, Biado scored a 9-8 win over Jay Perry of Great Britain but suffered a 5-9 decision at the hands of veteran Daryl Peach also of Great Britain.
The men’s champion will be getting $92,000 cash prize while the women’s winner will take home $61,300 top purse.
EMIL C. NOGUERA