SINGAPORE – Unpredictability and the change in format could hamper Rubilen Amit’s bid for the gold in the women’s 9-ball competitions of the 28th Southeast Asian Games.
Amit admitted winning the centerpiece event of the billiards and snooker event isn’t a sure thing as she and teenager compatriot Chezka Centeno kick off the country’s pool bid on Saturday at the OCBC Arena here.
The lone women’s pool event starts at 1 p.m.
Aside from the unpredictability of the game, Amit cited the change in format makes it tough for anyone to win the gold. Under the new set-up, Amit and Centeno even face the possibility of facing each other in the finals since the two of them are grouped in separate brackets.
“It’s a race-to-seven, alternate break, tapos single elimination pa. Over the years, nag-iimprove na rin ‘yung kalaban. The best thing to do is give our all, tapos dasal and hopefully, maiuwi namin ‘yung medalya for country and for our God,” said Amit, who won a gold in the Myanmar SEA Games two years ago.
The former 10-ball champion though, came short of the gold in the 9-ball event, settling for a silver behind Angeline Magdalena Ticoalu of Indonesia. The Indonesian champ is looking the defend her title in this year’s edition of the meet.
Amit said she doesn’t care to know who her opponent is on Saturday.
“Hindi ko na po tinitignan ‘yung bracket eh. Naglalaro lang ako kung sino man, kung ano schedule ko. Ayokong malaman kung sino kalaban ko,” said the pool champ out of University of Santo Tomas.