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article imageRubelin Amit beats Kelly Fisher, bags Women's World 10-ball title

By Leo Reyes     Nov 4, 2013 in Sports
Filipino cue master Rubelin Amit bagged the 2013 Yalin Women’s World 10-ball Championship crown after beating British pool star Kelly Fisher in a suspenseful error-filled final round at the Resort World Manila Hotel & Casino Monday night.
Amit obtained the right to face Fisher after outpointing challenger Chinese-Taipei’s Pei Chen Tsai in the semi-finals with a 10-7 close victory.
Fisher advanced to the finals after trashing Chinese Yu Han with a 9-2 score to arrange a duel with Amit in the finals.
The veteran English cue master is a former US 9-ball champion in the womens division of the Women's 9-ball US Open. She won the prestigious crown in 2008.
It was a bit of a give-and-take match early in the final game until Fisher made a costly mistake on seemingly simple shots from the 15th to 17th racks, allowing Amit to pull away for a breathtaking finish.
“I just feel so blessed,” said Amit, who was proudly raising the Philippine flag after the finale as she thanked everyone for their support.
"I never had much expectations here so as not to pressure myself further. I just trained so hard and left it all to God," she said.
Amit is now a two-time champion, having bagged the same pfestigious crown in the 2009 championship game.
“This title is sweeter than the first. Although I did prepare for the 2009 tournament, the preparation I did for this one is truly more rigid,” said Amit, who trained for two months for this year's tournament.
Amit took home a little over US $20,000 while Fisher got US$10,000.
Recognized in the Philippines as the world's first woman champion, Amit will represent the country in the next Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar both in the nine and 10-ball championship tournament.
The three-time Southeast Asian Games gold medalist hails from the province of Cebu in the Philippines and a graduate of the University of Santo Tomas in Manila.
Amit is the protege of Aristeo “Putch” Puyat, the "Godfather" of billiards who guided the pool careers of Efren "Bata" Reyes, Francisco “Django Bustamante, and Dennis Orcollo, among others.
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