RUBILEN Amit advanced to the finals of the Yalin Women’s World 10-Ball Championship with a come-from-behind 9-7 victory over Tsai Pen Chen of Chinese Taipei on Monday at the Newport Mall in Pasay City.
Amit recovered just in time, winning the final three racks to book a berth in the championship match, where she will face defending champion Kelly Fisher of Great Britain in a race-to-10 match.
Fisher eliminated Yu Han of China, 9-2, in the other semifinals pairing.
The finals will be played on Monday night.
The Filipina, inaugural champion of the meet in 2009, however, was far from satisfied with her performance after committing several dry breaks and missed shots that prevented her from taking control of the race-to-9 match.
But Tsai wasn’t her usual self either, missing the six-ball at the corner pocket during the 14th rack to allow Amit to tie the match at 7-all.
After another dry break by the Filipina, Tsai missed the five-ball in the next rack after a poor preparation. Amit proceeded to the rack to reach hill.
The crowd erupted as the hometown bet finally ended the match behind a 4-10 combination
“Suwerte lang din kasi nung nagka-error siya, suwerte na nanalo,” said Amit, a many-time Southeast Asian Games gold medalist. “Kahit stroke ko, parang nahirapan.”
“Na-feel ko talaga ‘yung nerves nung match na ‘yun,” she admitted.
The semifinals was a far cry from Amit’s quarterfinal match when she defeated Eujin Park of Korea, 8-1, on Sunday night.
Amit trailed early, 0-2, but came right back to tie the game at 3-3, after Tsai missed with just three balls left in the sixth rack. But the Taiwanese regained the upperhand, 5-3, after Amit scratched while shooting the six-ball.
The two then battled back and forth midway in the match through a series of safeties, with Tsai holding a slim 7-6 lead when she used a jump cue to convert the nine.
That proved to be the Taiwanese’ last spectacular shot of the match as Amit took advantage of the Tsai missing easy shots down the stretch.
Amit can now duplicate her feat four years ago when she ruled the tournament sanctioned by the World Pool-Billiard Association.