MANILA, Philippines -- Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) medalist Iris Ranola and former Women's 10-Ball champion Rubilen Amit were booted out of the 2012 World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA) Women’s World 9-Ball Open Championship on Wednesday in Shenyang, China.
The two failed to survive in the knock-out stage after facing formidable foes.
Zamboanga native Ranola lost to Allison Fisher of Great Britain, 9-6. Cebuana ace Amit yielded to Chichiro Kawahara of Japan, 9-2, in the Round-of-32.
Fisher later bowed to Tan, Ho-Yun of Chinese-Taipei, 9-8.
Kawahara was also shot down by Siming Chen of China, 9-0.
Chen goes up against fellow Chinese Fu Xiao-Fang in the next round of the $160,000 total pot prize tournament.
The top prize of $40,000 goes to the champion.
Meanwhile, Ranola and Amit will join compatriots Efren "Bata" Reyes, Francisco "Django" Bustamante and Dennis "Robocop" Orcollo in the coming World Team Championships in Beijing, China late June. -- By Marlon Bernardino