RUBILEN Amit ended the fairytale run of teenager Chezka Centeno 8-5 on Thursday in the Yalin Women’s World 10-Ball Championships at the Robinsons Galleria Mall in Quezon City.
The win moved Amit to the round-of-16 where she will face L. H. Shan of Chinese Taipei, the top-seeded cue artist in Group Eight.
The 13-year-old Centeno actually had a 4-2 lead but Amit crawled back and won the next four racks.
"I was fortunate that the format is winners break,” said Amit, who last met Centeno in the semifinals of the Philippine National Games billiards competition in Dumaguete last summer.
Amit, the 2009 champion, and Centeno were the last Filipinas standing in the world tilt following the elimination of Iris Ranola Wednesday. Unfortunately, the two were paired to play each other in the first round on Thursday.
Shan is among the five undefeated players during the group stages. Also with perfect records were Yu Ram Cha of Korea, Jasmin Ouschan of Austria, X. T. Pan of China, Siming Chen of China and Xiao Fang Fu of China.
Amit was undefeated until her fourth game of the group stage when she was beaten by Chan Ya-ting of Chinese Taipei 6-4 on Wednesday.
Centeno, on the other hand, finished the group stage with a 3-2 win-loss record including a defeat against defending champion Kelly Fisher but advanced into the knockout stage.