Amit, Centeno enter KO stage


Posted at Aug 22 2012 08:24 PM | Updated as of Aug 23 2012 04:10 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Filipina ace Rubilen "Bingkay" Amit overwhelmed Taipei's C.Y. Chou to advance to the next round of the 4th Yalin Women's World 10-Ball Championship on Wednesday at the Robinsons Galleria in Ortigas.

Amit, former World 10-Ball champion, beat Chou, 6-4, in Group 7.

The win gave her a 3-0 slate in the single round group eliminations to clinch a spot in the Last 24 of the annual event that featured the world’s leading female cue masters.

“Chou is strong but I played better at endgame,” said Amit, one of the top players of billiards godfather Aristeo "Putch" Puyat.

She beat B.R. Jung of Korea, 6-2, and K.Yukawa of Japan, 6-1, in the earlier rounds.

"My main target is to win my remaining games for a possible automatic slot in the Final 16," said Amit, who won the inaugural Women's World 10-Ball four years ago.

Amit is scheduled to play Y.T. Chan of Chinese-Taipei and I. Helvik of Norway in the $21,000 top prize event.

The tournament is backed up by Yalin Billiards, OB Cues, Championship Tour Edition Cloth, Aramith Balls, Star Billiards, Pool & Billiard Magazine and ABS-CBN.

Thirteen-year-old Cheska Centeno of Zamboanga City also bounced back after a sorry loss by edging A. Mazhirina of Russia, 6-5.

Centeno earlier suffered defeat against Yu Ram Cham of Korea, who dominated Group 1 with a clean 4-0 slate.

Iris Ranola, meanwhile, crashed out of the competition after absorbing another setback at the hands of S. M. Chen of China, 6-0. 

The World No. 2 Chen topped Group 4 with a 4-1 slate and advanced to the Final 16.

Other notable cue masters who made it to the Final 24 are defending champion Kelly Fisher of Great Britain (3-1 in Group 1) and 2010 World 10-Ball queen Jasmin Ouschan of Austria (3-0 in Group 2). -- By Marlon Bernardino