Trailing 4-6 in the 10th rack, Filipino bet Rubilen Amit showed great focus, amidst the pressure of playing in front of her countrymen, and outplayed 2011 World Championship Kelly Fisher, 10-7, to win the 2013 Yalin Women’s World 10-Ball Championship’s trophy Monday night at the Resorts World Manila, Philippines.
The 30-year old Amit, showed a steadier hand to reclaim the title she won in the inaugural world championship in 2009.
Amit started slow in the championship round, where American Fisher won the 1st and 2nd rack.
Amit came back in the 7th rack to lead 4-3, but Fisher looked like she was there to win the championship and again led 6-4 after the tenth rack.
As the match grew weary, Fisher wilted and allowed Amit to mount a come-back which ended 7-7 in the 14th rack.
Amit then took the 15th rack, while Fisher scratched in the 16th rack to give Amit an easy table, and a track-win away of the championship trophy.
The two pool greats battled back-and-forth in the 17th rack before Fisher made a crucial blunder by muffing a clear shot on the eight-ball, costing her the championship trophy.
Newly-crowned champion Amit said that she’s lucky that Fisher looked not on her 100% during the championship. If she was, she would have eaten her alive to win the 2013 trophy.
“I was just patient. There were times that I did not rush my game, and played it safely. I also handled my nerves quite well, which probably played a role in my win,” said Amit.
The Cebuana reached the finals after winning the final three racks of her semifinal meeting with Tsai Pei Chen of Chinese-Taipei, 9-7, early in the day.
In all, Amit only lost one match the entire tournament which came during the group stages, denying her an automatic berth in the round-of-24.
Here’s Rubilen Amit’s last shot to victory:
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