Amit posts early wins in World 10-Ball Championship


Former world champion Rubilen Amit posted her second win in Group 7 of the Women’s World 10-Ball Championship on Friday at Resorts World Manila in Pasay City.

Amit, the 2009 World 10-Ball titlist, outclassed Marika Piokkiokki of Finland, 6-3, to remain unscathed in the tournament sanctioned by the World Pool-Billiard Association. She toppled Zhu Qing Bi of China, 6-4, on Thursday.

“After all of these years of being in the news daily in the Philippines during the World 10-Ball Championships, I still am not used to all the pressure and publicity,” said Amit.

Reigning Southeast Asian Games 9-Ball and 8-Ball champion Iris Rañola, on the other hand, failed to sustain her momentum as she lost bowed to Zhu, 5-6, also in Group 7.

Rañola, who clobbered Ho Yun Tan of Taiwan (6-2) in her first assignment, dropped to 1-1 mark.

Cheska Centeno, 14, also absorbed a heartbreaking 5-6 loss to Brittany Bryant of Canada in Group 5. Centeno fell to 1-1 card. She beat Japanese Keiko Yukawa, 6-1, in her first game. Up next for Centeno are Yu Han of China, Jasmin Ouschan of Austria and Elmira Karoubi of Iran.

After the round-robin elimination phase, the top three players in each group will advance to the knockout stage.

The fourth Filipina in the field, Gillian Go, is in Group 6 along with Lin Yuang-Chun and Chou Chieh-Yu of Taiwan, Jennifer Barretta of US, Kamila Khodjaeva of Belarus, and Meenal Thakur of India.

Go lost to Lin, 1-6, in her first game.

The champion gets $21,000 while the runner-up takes home $10,000.


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