FEELING the love from the gallery, Kim Ga Young high-fived several Filipino spectators in the stands after capturing the 2012 Yalin Women’s World 10-Ball Championship title Friday night at Robinsons’ Galleria.
That wasn’t the case when she played in the finals of this same tournament also held here in the country in 2010.
Kim advanced to the finals two years ago by bundling out local bet Rubilen Amit in the Final Four, drawing the ire of the partisan crowd, which endlessly jeered her during the championship match against Jasmin Ouschan.
The Austrian won the match and the title,10-6, overhauling an early four-rack lead by the Korean.
Now, the situation had been reversed.
Kim was cheered on by the Filipino crowd with her every shot, energizing and inspiring her no end to win the crown.
Other than the crowd, Kim's positive attitude also helped her to succeed.
“I really did not practice any more than usual for the event, but I was doing a ‘Dancing with the Stars’ TV show in Korea leading up to the World Championship, and so I was really in a happy mood,” said Kim.
“I think my happiness and positive attitude carried over here this week,” said Kim.
The Korean raced to a 5-1 lead against Shiming Chen in the finals and never looked back, capturing her very first world 10-ball crown via a 10-5 win.
“I’ve won the 8-ball and 9-ball title but never 10-ball. It finally happened,” Kim said.
Kim turned back Ouschan, 8-5, in the quarterfinal round before she defeated Yu Ram Cha, 9-5, in the semifinals.