Saturday, June 6, 2009

Amit Finally Hit It Big

Rubilen Amit of the Philippines finally scaled billiards Mt. Olympus as she trashed two-time world 9- ball champion Liu Shin-mei of Chinese Taipei, 10-4 and won the World Women’s 10-Ball Championship at the Block at SM North in Quezon City.

The win made her the first Women's 10- Ball World Champion and now join the elite circle of Filipino World Champions that include Efren "Bata" Reyes, Alex Pagulayan and Renato Alcano.

It was a fitting win for Amit who started the tournament on a sad note with a 5-1 thrashing from World Number 1 Kelly Fisher. But she rebounded with wins over Julie Kelly of Ireland 8-4 and Hsiang Ling Tan of Chinese-Taipei 8-3 in the knockout stage.

In the quarterfinals, she took out the sting out of the Black Widow Janette Lee of the US rallying from a 3- rack deficit to eke out a 9-8 win and then easily won her semi-final match against Akimi Kajitami of Japan.

It was smooth sailing from then on as the 2007 Amway World Women’s 9-Ball Championship runner-up gained confidence which she brought into the Finals against Liu Shin-Mei of Chinese- Taipei and coasted to a surprising easy victory.

Her win earns her the $20,000 paycheck, the biggest of her career.

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