Amit targets SEAG gold
By: Jonas Terrado (Manila Bulletin)

After capturing the Women’s World 10-Ball Championship for the second time, Rubilen Amit will now set her sights on regaining lost glory in the Myanmar Southeast Asian Games next month.

Amit, who ruled the five-day competition that ended with a 10-7 victory over Great Britain’s Kelly Fisher in the final, is due to play in 9-Ball and 10-Ball competitions of the biennial meet.

It will be the first time that 10-Ball will be played in the SEA Games replacing the 8-Ball event which has been held since the Philippines hosted the competition in 2005.

The national team veteran is out to bounce back from a silver medal finish in the 9-Ball event of the 2011 Indonesia SEA Games where she lost to good friend Iris Ranola. She also competed in 8-Ball but was eliminated in the quarterfinals.

Amit’s last taste of triumph in the SEAG was when she was a double gold medalist in the 2009 games held in Vientiane, Laos.

The 32-year old cue artist known as “Bingkay” will enter the Myanmar games brimming with confidence after capturing the world title for the first time since 2009.

“Malaking tulong sa akin itong panalo ko dahil pagdating ko dun (sa SEA Games) mataas ang kumpiyansa ko,” said Amit.

She bucked the pressure of being the last Filipina standing to win five matches in the knockout stage including her gritty victory over the seasoned Fisher in the final after a pair of two-rack deficits.

In beating Fisher, Amit had to engage in a safety battle to gain the advantage even as she gained momentum in the final three racks to overcome a 6-4 deficit.

“It wasn’t perfect,” Amit said on her win. “Minsan may pagkakataon na maipasok ko yung bola kahit na alanganin, pero hindi ko ni-ririsk dahil talagang magaling yung kalaban.”

Before preparing for the SEA Games, Amit is playing in a special tournament dubbed as the Queens Cup where she is leading Team East or a squad composed mostly of Asian players against Team West or players from Europe and America.

The Queens Cup, a female counterpart to the Mosconi Cup, began hostilities yesterday.