Amit clinches Last-24 berth; Kim, Ouschan win; Fisher falls
MANILA—Rubilen Amit lost just one rack in two matches against compatriots yesterday and moved closer to topping her group in the classification phase of the Yalin Women’s World 10-Ball championship at the Nuvo City in Libis, Quezon City.
The 29-year-old defending champion, a BS Accountancy graduate from the University of Santo Tomas, whipped Ann Talauan and Angel Anola for her third straight win to move within two more of sweeping Group 1.
Amit dropped that only rack in her midday match with Talauan, a 22-year-old mother who has been playing billiards for only three years, when she jumped the cue ball off the table in breaking the second rack and Talauan made a beautiful 2-10 combo.
Amit played a lot sharper than she did in a 6-2 win over Angel Paglia of the United States at the start of the tournament on Monday.
“I had many lapses yesterday (Monday against Paglia) because of nervousness,” the pint-sized Amit told the Inquirer.
Ga-young Kim, the Korean former world 9-ball champion, bested Julie Kelly of the United States, 6-3, to also stay unscathed in Group 4.
Kim used the jump shot to great effect and won three of the first four racks against Kelly.
Former World No. 1 Jasmine Ouschan of Austria blanked Filipino Mildred Almero, 6-0, also for her third straight win in Group 8.
Three players from each of the eight groups will advance to the Round-of-24.
Reigning World No. 1 Allison Fisher of Britain, meanwhile, was the victim of the tournament’s first true upset, bowing 4-6 to China’s Zhou Doudou, for a 1-1 record.
Over at the Robinson’s Galleria in Ortigas, Filipino-American Shanelle Lorraine also bowed out with her third straight defeat, this time at the hands of the Netherlands’ Tamara Rademakers, 2-6.
Another fancied Filipino, Iris Ranola, fell to 1-2 after losing to Spain’s Amalia Matas, 4-6.