First round loss spurred Amit to win world title

By Dennis Gasgonia,

Posted at Jun 10 2009 12:08 AM | Updated as of Jun 10 2009 08:14 AM

MANILA -- Newly-crowned Women’s World 10-Ball champion Rubilen “Bingkay” Amit said that her first-round loss to world No.1 Kelly “Kwikfire” Fisher of the UK fueled her desire to win the title in the recently-concluded event.

“’Yong pagkatalo ko hindi lang pagkatalo,” Amit said in an interview over dzSR’s Sports Chat with Dennis Principe. “Murder talaga ‘yon.”

Her first-round match with Fisher resulted to a 5-1 beating.

Amit said the loss forced her to go back to the drawing board.

“After noong game, ni-review ko ang pagkakamali ko. malaking factor doon yung shotclock,” she said.

The 27-year-old Filipino billiard expert said that she used to panic every time she was given the “last 10 seconds” notice.

“Kasi pag sinasabi nang 'ten', medyo nara-rattle na ako agad. Feeling ko mama-foul na ‘ko,” said Amit. “I learned from it. Ten [seconds] is mahaba-haba pa namang time.”

True enough after the loss, she started winning game after game.

She began her streak by defeating Julie Kelly of Ireland (8-4) and Hsiang Ling Tan of Chinese-Taipei (8-3) in the knockout phase.

Amit then scored a stunner over highly-favored Jeanette “The Black Widow” Lee of the US (9-8) before disposing Akimi Kajitani of Japan with a 9-7 victory.

She faced Shin Min Liu of Taiwan in a thrilling finals match and cruised to a 10-4 win.

“I'm so, so happy from the bottom of my heart. Thank you sa lahat ng nanonood dito at sa TV. Feeling ko sila ang nagpanalo sa akin,” Amit said.

With the win, she became the first Women's World 10-Ball champion and took home the $20,000 and winner's trophy.

Amit, who hails from Cebu, is a three-time Southeast Asian Games gold medalist. She was also a runner-up in the 2007 Women’s World 9-Ball Championships.