BY KRISTEL SATUMBAGA
RUBILEN Amit bested Fan Langtong of China, 9-4, but three other Filipina bets fell by the wayside on Tuesday in the 2019 Women’s World 9-Ball Championships in Sanya, China.
The 38-year-old Southeast Asian Games gold medalist recovered from a 0-3 start by winning the next four racks to set the pace en route to the Round-of-16.
She arranged a meeting with Chinese Taipei’s Wang Wan Ling, who was responsible for ousting PH bet Chezka Centeno, 9-5, in the opening round of the main draw competition.
Centeno, 20, booked a slot to the 32-player main draw by dismantling Korea’s Lee Woo Jin, 7-1, in the group stage.
Centeno, however, misfired in her showdown with the Taiwanese, thus leaving Amit as the only Filipino standing in the event offering $44,000 (roughly P2,200,000.)
Floriza Andal and Iris Ranola failed to make it to the knockout stage after bowing to last year’s runner-up Wang Xiaotong of China and Chou Chieh Yu of Chinese Taipei in identical 7-1 decisions.
Amit hopes to eclipse her best finish of a runner-up feat in 2007 to China’s Pan Xiaoting.