Former world champion Rubilen Amit scored two straight victories to advance to the knockout stage of the 2015 Women’s World 9-Ball Championship being held at the Guilin Museum in Guilin, China.
The 33-year-old Amit outclassed American Sara Miller in her first assignment, 7-1, then followed it up with a close 7-6 win over Taiwanese Kuo Szu-Ting in Group 6.
Southeast Asian Games gold medalist Iris Ranola also had a good start, beating Angelina Magdalena Ticoalu of Indonesia via a 7-4 score in Group 7 of the tournament sanctioned by the World Pool-Billiard Association.
Ranola guns for a spot in the knockout stage when she faces Chihiro Kawahara of Japan in the next round. Kawahara defeated Kamila Khodjaeva of Belgium, 7-4.
Teen sensation Chezka Centeno, on the other hand, lost to Taiwanese Wei Tzu-Chien in the first round, 4-7, in Group 2 but bounced back with a 7-2 win overt Ine Helvik of Norway.
|Centeno must win against Natalia Seroshtan of Russia in their do-or-die match in the loser’s column of the event which offers a total prize fund of $170,000 with the champion getting $42,000 and the runner-up pocketing $20,000.
Also making it to the knockout stage were Kim Ga Young of South Korea; Cho Chieh-Yu and Wei Tzu-Chien of Taiwan; Jasmin Ouschan of Austria; Allison Fisher of England; and Chinese players Zhou Doudo, Gao Meng, Fu Xiaofang, Han Yu, Chan Ya-Ting and Liu Shasha.