Former world champion Rubilen Amit lost to Gao Meng of China, 4-7, at the start of the 2013 Women’s World 9-ball Championship on Friday in Shenyang, China.
Amit actually had a 3-2 lead in the early going but committed crucial miscues in the sixth frame that allowed Gao to get back and seal her first win in the tournament.
Amit and Gao are in Group F along with Martine Christiansen of Norway, Pan Xiaoting of China, Taylor Meyer of Australia, Natalia Seroshtan of Russia, and Huang Yi Ting and Tsai Pei Chen of Taiwan.
The Filipina must win her remaining games to advance to the next round. The event, sanctioned by the World Pool-Billiard Association, employs a double-elimination format.
There are 64 players divided into eight groups. The top four players in each group will advance to the 32-player knockout stage.
Another Filipina, Iris Ranola is in Group B with Mirjana Grujici of Venezuela, Nouchi Masam of Japan, Caroline Roos of Sweden, Meenal Thakur of India, and Wu Zhi Ting, Chou Chieh-Yu and Lai Hui Shan of Taiwan.
The event offers $150,000 in prizes, with the winner getting $40,000 and the runner-up, $20,000.