RUBILEN AMIT says practice and hard work not only earned her a second Women's World 10-Ball Championship, but also enabled her to enjoy the game more.
The pressure to win will always be there, Amit says, especially when playing in front of the home crowd. But having the confidence to know that you can make the shots makes the game much easier.
“Although I practiced, hindi katulad nito (this year) na naghanda talaga ako,” Amit said. “Mas na-enjoy ko ’yung game.”
“Naghanda talaga ako para dito,” said the 32-year-old Amit.
The hard work paid off for the Cebuana pool star, winning the Women’s World 10-ball Championship for the second time in five years by beating last year’s titlist Kelly Fisher, 10-7, in the final at the Newport Mall in Pasay City.
While the chants were sometimes distracting, Amit said it actually gave her an added boost.
“Pressured na pressured pa rin ako,” said Amit. “Pero naging mabait ang crowd sa akin. Nakakadagdag ng kumpiyansa.
“Yung momentum, imbes na pumunta sa kalaban, bumabalik sa atin. Kahit maubos ng kalaban ’yung bola, nasa akin pa rin ’yung momentum dahil sa crowd. ’Yung crowd talaga ang nagdala,” said Amit.
Early exits from previous World Pool Association events, particularly in the Women’s World 9-Ball where she failed to get past the round of 32, failed to dampen the spirit of Amit.
“Sinurrender ko lang lahat kay God. Kung ano ang plano niya, Siya na ang bahala,” said Amit.
Amit bowed to Ho Yun-tan of Chinese Taipei, 6-2, in the preliminaries but that proved to be a mere hiccup as she bounced back and went all the way to the top.
Amit now looks forward to the 2013 Southeast Asian Games in December where 10-ball is one of the events entered. She, however, downplayed the “favorite” tag since Iris Ranola won the 8-ball and 9-ball title the last time at her expense.
“Double gold si Iris,” said Amit.