MANILA, Philippines – Filipina ace Rubilen "Bingkay" Amit continued her streak in the ongoing 4th Yalin Women's World 10-Ball Championship at the Robinsons Galleria in Ortigas.
The Cebuana native, who won the inaugural Women's 10-Ball four years ago, used her power breaks to defeat B.R. Jung of Korea (6-2) and K. Yukawa of Japan (6-1), respectively, to match the 2-0 record of 13-year-old Filipina Cheska Centeno of Zamboanga City.
“The break has become the difference in the match,” said Amit. “I had a more solid breaking game in my first two matches.”
Centeno, on the other hand, dumped M. Grujicic of Venezuela, 6-0, for her second straight win in as many rounds. She earlier beat Japan's Noriko Onoda, 6-4.
Another Pinoy, Iris Ranola of Zamboanga City, had a 1-2 win-loss record.
Ranola, reigning Southeast Asian Games gold medalist, dropped her opening match against Kimuka Maki of Japan, 6-4. She won her second game against Singapore’s Charlene Chai, 6-4, but bowed to L. Fulberg of Sweden, 4-6.
Former champion Jasmin Ouschan of Austria is the first player to advance into the knock-out stage. She beat N. Praveen of India (6-2), K. Sone of Japan (6-3) and Ga Young Kim of Korea (6-4).
Defending champion Kelly Fisher of Great Britain, meantime, tallied a 2-1 record. She beat A. Mazhirina of India (6-2) and Onoda (6-0), but failed to sustain her run against Yu Ram Cha of Korea (5-6).
According to Charlie Williams of Dragon Promotions, the competitors were divided into eight groups, with the top three players from each group to advance to the next round. – By Marlon Bernardino