Veteran Filipina campaigner Rubilen Amit outplayed Kelly Fisher of Great Britain in the finals, 10-7, to rule the Women’s World 10-Ball Championship on Monday at the Resorts World Manila in Pasay City.
Amit pocketed the $21,000 top purse while Fisher settled for the $10,000 runner-up prize.
It was Amit’s second World 10-Ball title after ruling the 2009 edition.
On their way to the finals, Amit posted a thrilling 9-7 win over Tsai Pen Chen of Taiwan while Fisher overwhelmed Yu Han of China, 9-2, in their respective semifinal matches.
In the knockout stage, Amit ousted Jennifer Barretta of the United States, 8-2, (Last 32), Chieh-Yu Chou of Taiwan, 8-6, (Last 16) and Eun-Ji Park of South Korea, 8-1 (quarterfinals).
Amit made it to the knockout stage after finishing second in Group 7 with 4-1 mark. She defeated Marika Piokkiokki of Finland (6-3), Zhu Qing Bi of China (6-4), Angeline Ticoalu of Indonesia (6-3) and compatriot Iris Ranola (6-2). Her lone setback was against Ho-Yu Tan of Taiwan, (2-6).
Ranola, Cheska Centeno and Gillian Go failed to advance to the Last 32. Ranola had 2-3 mark in Group 7, Centeno finished with a 2-3 card in Group 5 and Go wrapped up her campaign also with 2-3 in Group 6.
Overall, Amit has four world titles counting her two crowns in the World Mixed-Doubles Classic in 2009 and 2011 with legendary cue master Efren “Bata” Reyes. EMIL C. NOGUERA