Filipino teen Chezka Centeno rules 9-Ball tilt in Taipei
Filipino teen Chezka Centeno stunned decorated veteran Kelly Fisher of England, 11-8, to win the title in the Amway eSpring International 9-Ball Championship Sunday at Banqiao Gymnasium in Taipei.
Centeno, who turns 17 on June 30, showed great resolve and composure rarely seen at her age to capture her first world 9-ball crown in the senior’s level.
The Zamboanga native rallied from four sets down, 1-5, before racking up the last three sets of her match against the 37-year-old Fisher, a many-time world pool championship winner.
Before arranging a finals duel with Fisher, Centeno had to knock off another world 9-ball champion in Han Yu of China, 9-8, in the semifinals.
Centeno won the women’s 9-ball single gold medal in the 2015 Southeast Asian Games in Singapore.