MANILA, Philippines – Rubilen Amit proved to be the more composed player as she narrowly beat Britain’s Kelly Fisher, 10-7, in the finals of the Yalin Women’s World 10 Ball championship 2013 at Resorts World Manila on Monday, November 4.
With the game tied at 7-7, Amit braved through pressure and bagged the final 3 racks to secure her second 10 ball crown in 5 years.
“It feels wonderful. I’m so blessed. [The crowd helped me] big time. Thank you,” the teary-eyed Amit said right after the hard-fought match.
With a chance to take the 5-3 lead, Amit sank the 10 ball but scratched on the cue ball that enabled Fisher to tie the game at 4 apiece. She went on to take the next two racks to build a 6-4 cushion.
The No. 1 ranked player from Britain then scratched twice in Rack 11, and had several miscues in Rack 12, as Amit took the next three racks for a 7-6 advantage.
However, Amit failed to take advantage on a push out in rack 15 as Fisher was able to tie the game for one last time at 7 all.
A bad break in the following rack proved to be a costly point in the championship, as Fisher sank the 5 ball in the wrong hole. Amit took two more racks to push herself within the brink of the championship, 9-7.
Fisher had one last chance to pull closer in Rack 17 when Amit failed to execute. But she rattled the 8 ball out, allowing Amit to seal the deal and record another championship across her name.
It is Amit’s second 10 ball title after winning in the inaugural edition in 2009. She will bring home $21,000 while the runner-up will take home $10,000.
Semifinalists Yu Han (China) and Tsai Pei Chen (Chinese Taipei) meanwhile will still get $5,000 from the tournament.
Amit will also banner Team Asia against Kelly Fisher and the rest of Team West in the Queen’s Cup which runs from November 5 to 7 at the same venue. -Rappler.com