Rubilen Amit ruled the 2013 Yalin Women’s World 10-Ball Championship in a pulsating 10-7 triumph over Kelly Fisher of Britain at Resorts World Manila. Amit is the very first two-time winner, previously reigned in the prestigious competition in 2009.
The Cebuana proved steadier than the British ace in the see-sawing match, pouncing on world No. 4 Fisher’s costly miscues in the 15th to 17th racks to break free from a 7-7 standoff and cart away with the plum to the delight of a good-sized local crowd.
The victory, worth $21,000 (P900,000) validated Amit’s status as one of the region’s top female cuemasters.
“I just feel so blessed,” said Amit, raising a Philippine flag as she said her piece to the happy audience and thanked them profusely.
“Hindi ko actually inexpect. Basta nag-prepare lang ako nang matindi without much expectations para hindi rin ma-pressure nang husto. Sinurrender ko rin kay God kung ano’ng plano niya sa akin dito (I never had much expectations here so as not to pressure myself further. I just trained so hard and left it all to God),” said Amit.
“This title is sweeter than the first. Although I did prepare for the 2009 tournament, the preparation I did for this one is truly more rigid,” said Amit, who spent the last two months in serious training for the worlds.
Next up for Amit is the Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar, where she will carry the fight for the country in the 9-ball and 10-ball events.
(Photo from Rubilen Amit's Facebook profile)