Centeno cruises into Last 16

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Teen sensation Chezka Centeno continued her impressive showing to secure a spot in the Last 16 of the 2017 Women’s 9-Ball World Championship being held at the County Gymnasium in Chengmai County, Hainan in China.

The 18-year old two-time Southeast Asian Games champion stunned veteran international campaigner Liu Xia Zhi of China via a 9-7 decision in the first round.

Centeno arranged a second round meeting with another Chinese, Zhang Xiaotong, who scored a close 9-8 victory over compatriot Fu Xiao Fang in the tournament sanctioned by the World Pool-Billiard Association.

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The Zamboanga City pride made it to the main draw by topping the Group 5 of the elimination round, where she beat Kim Bo Geon of South Korea and Shi Tianqi of China.

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Also earning spots in the Last 16 were Kelly Fisher of Great Britain, Kuo Szu-Ting of Taiwan, Ge Bai of China, Adriana Villar of Costa Rica, Chen Siming of China and Lim Young of South Korea in the $175,000 tournament.

The champion gets $43,000 cash prize while the runner-up takes home $21,000.

The losing semifinalists will receive $11,000 each.

Former World Ten-Ball Championship winner Rubilen Amit suffered a 7-9 loss to Zhou Doudou of China to bow out of contention.

Amit settled for the $1,500 consolation prize.

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