A CASE of pneumonia had world No. 18 Iris Ranola crashing on Wednesday as she got booted out of the Yalin Women’s World 10-Ball Championships.
Coughing and puffing all match long, Ranola defeated Canada’s Brittany Bryant 6-2 at the Robinsons Galleria in Quezon City for only her second win in Group Four.
However, the victory was not enough to send her to the round-of-32 as Kimuka Maki of Japan won her third match in the group, eliminating Ranola from the title picture.
Ranola got as far as the quarterfinals last year.
Ranola has been battling pneumonia since July when she competed in a tournament in China. But she still decided to compete in the world 10-ball event instead of resting.
“Seeded ako sa tournament. Sayang din naman kung hindi ako lumaro. Sayang ’yung points sa rankings,” said Ranola, holding her nebulizer while being interviewed by Spin.ph.
“Kailangan ko ’yung points dahil sa ngayon, nasa No. 18 ako sa world,” said Ranola.
Ranola had to take antibiotics in order to compete in the tournament but her sickness obviously affected her play.
Prior to her victory over Bryant, the Zamboanga native won only once and was even blanked by Siming Chen of China, 0-6, last Tuesday on the TV table.
Ranola was obviously a lot skillful than Bryant but from time to time, she had to go to the ladies room when the coughing became really bad.
“Nag-so-sorry nga ako sa mga kalaban ko dahil may sakit ako habang lumalaro,” Ranola said.
Ranola plans to rest in preparation for another major tournament next month.
“Sana nga gumaling na ako dahil may China Open ako sa September,” Ranola said.