Fourteen-year-old Cheska Centeno of the Philippines absorbed a heartbreaking 6-5 loss to Brittany Bryant of Canada in Group 5 of the Women’s World 10-Ball Championship on Friday at Resorts World Manila in Pasay City.
It was Centeno’s first loss in two games, having defeated earlier Japanese Keiko Yukawa, 6-1.
Up next for Centeno are Yu Han of China, Jasmin Ouschan of Austria and Elmira Karoubi of Iran.
After the round-robin elimination, the top three players in each group will advance to the knockout stage.
Former titlist Rubilen Amit and reigning Southeast Asian Games 9-Ball and 8-Ball champion Iris Rañola also won their opening games in Group 7.
Amit toppled Zhu Qing Bi of China, 6-4, while Rañola beat Ho Yun Tan of Taiwan, 6-2.
“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.
Also in Group 7 are Marika Piokkiokki of Finland and Angeline Ticolau of Indonesia.
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 in the tournament sanctioned by the World Pool-Billiard Association.
EMIL C. NOGUERA