SEA Games: Amit bucks slow start, beats Thai foe in 10-ball

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 04 2019 12:51 PM | Updated as of Dec 04 2019 01:04 PM

SEA Games: Amit bucks slow start, beats Thai foe in 10-ball 1
Philippines' Rubelin Amit prepares to take a shot during the women's double 10 ball against the Thailands' Siripaporn Naunthakhanjam at the 30th Southeast Asia games in Manila, December 4, 2019. Czar Dancel, ABS-CBN News

MANILA, Philippines -- Rubilen Amit survived an error-strewn start to seize a 7-5 triumph over Thailand's Siripaporn Nuanthakhamjan in the women's 10-ball singles competition of the 30th Southeast Asian Games, Wednesday at the Manila Hotel Tent.

The hard-earned win sent Amit to the quarterfinals. 

Nuanthakhamjan missed the 10-ball in the 12th rack that could have leveled the game. Instead, Amit coolly completed the shot to seal her come-from-behind triumph.

"I said, 'I was just lucky, because you missed the 10-ball.' Kasi, kung nag-hill-hill 'yun, kung nag-all kami, baka hindi na kayanin ng puso ko. Ang bilis na ng tibok," the 38-year-old Amit admitted after the game.

Amit fell behind 0-4 to start, and was facing an early ouster from the event if not for a break in the fifth rack.

Nuanthakhamjan left the door open for Amit after a safety with three balls left. Amit used some trickiness to sink the 8-ball, giving her the momentum.

"Merong 8-ball na nag-safety siya, and then nabanda ko and then pumasok sa side pocket na na-call, tapos nag-4-1. So doon nag-start," said Amit. 

The Filipina went on to win 6 of the next 7 frames to go on the hill, but scratched to break the 12th rack and Nuanthakhamjan appeared ready to force a decider. The Thai cue artist fumbled at the last moment, however, and Amit came through in the clutch.

"I was trying to stay composed, kasi ang dami kong errors. Ang dami kong errors noong simula, tapos medyo nahirapan akong mag-adjust doon sa dulas ng table," said Amit.

"I was just trying to focus doon sa process nung pag-execute," she added.

Another Filipina, Chezka Centeno, will battle Thailand's Waratthanun Sukritthanes in the 10-ball singles at 7 p.m.

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