Two-time World Ten Ball champion Rubilen Amit clawed her way back from 5-0 down to pull off a masterful, 7-6, come-from-behind victory over Chia Hua Chen of Chinese Taipei on opening day of the Women’s World 9-Ball Championship Friday morning (Thursday night at the Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey).
Amit was able to complete the run, but not after nearly missing the final ball – No. 9.
Regarded as the best woman player the Philippines had ever produced, Amit was dragged into a hill-hill encounter by her crack opponent, a former Japan Open champion.
The match went down to the final ball as Amit took advantage of her rival’s dry break in the 13th rack.
Amit was able to wrap up the victory, taking an aim at the final ball at the corner pocket, but missed the shot. Fortunately for the Pinay player, the No.9 ball went to the corner pocket to complete the win.
An apologetic Amit went to her rival to shake her hand even as the six-time Southeast Asian Games gold medalist was able to take this lucky win and move into the winner’s bracket of this prestigious tournament that offers a prize fund of $148,000 with the winner taking home $30,000 and the distinction of becoming the first world women’s champion of 2023.