Post by Tom A. Saiyan on Dec 5, 2011 11:26:09 GMT 9
Reyes, Amit retain World Mixed title
HANGZHOU, CHINA – The partnership of the great Efren ‘Bata’ Reyes and Rubilen Amit proved too much against the US tandem of Johnny Archer and Jeanette Lee as the Filipino duo scored a convincing 10-6 win and retained the World Mixed Doubles championship over the weekend in this Eastern Chinese province.
The win was worth $15,000 for Reyes and Amit, who won the inaugural staging of the meet two years ago.
On the way to the race-to-10 finals, the Filipinos defeated local bets Li He Wen and Chen Si Ming in a thrilling semifinal match, 9-8.
A total of 16 teams from around the world competed in the event, including top stars like current World 10-Ball champion Kelly Fisher, Allisson Fisher, Mika Immonen, Thorsten Hohmann, Charlie Williams, Fu Xiao Fang, Lui Hai Tao Shanelle Loraine, among others.
By topping the event, Reyes, a Hall of Famer and former double world champion, became the oldest player at the age of 56 to win an open international meet.
“We hope our win will bring cheers to our countrymen this Christmas season. We offer our win to our country,” said the pride of Angeles, Pampanga during the post-game interview.
In winning the meet back in 2009, Reyes and Amit teamed up to beat the Korean tandem of Charlie Williams and Eun Ji Park and took home the $6,000 winner’s purse.
The other team from the Philippines composed of Lee Van Corteza and Indonesia Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) double gold medalist Iris Rañola was eliminated early on by the power house team of China.
Post by Tom A. Saiyan on Nov 6, 2013 16:09:24 GMT 9
Practice makes perfect as Amit savors second world 10-ball title in five years
From: Reuben Terrado November 5, 2013, 07:29 pm
RUBILEN AMIT says practice and hard work not only earned her a second Women's World 10-Ball Championship, but also enabled her to enjoy the game more.
The pressure to win will always be there, Amit says, especially when playing in front of the home crowd. But having the confidence to know that you can make the shots makes the game much easier.
“Although I practiced, hindi katulad nito (this year) na naghanda talaga ako,” Amit said. “Mas na-enjoy ko ’yung game.”
“Naghanda talaga ako para dito,” said the 32-year-old Amit.
The hard work paid off for the Cebuana pool star, winning the Women’s World 10-ball Championship for the second time in five years by beating last year’s titlist Kelly Fisher, 10-7, in the final at the Newport Mall in Pasay City.
While the chants were sometimes distracting, Amit said it actually gave her an added boost.
“Pressured na pressured pa rin ako,” said Amit. “Pero naging mabait ang crowd sa akin. Nakakadagdag ng kumpiyansa.
“Yung momentum, imbes na pumunta sa kalaban, bumabalik sa atin. Kahit maubos ng kalaban ’yung bola, nasa akin pa rin ’yung momentum dahil sa crowd. ’Yung crowd talaga ang nagdala,” said Amit.
Early exits from previous World Pool Association events, particularly in the Women’s World 9-Ball where she failed to get past the round of 32, failed to dampen the spirit of Amit.
“Sinurrender ko lang lahat kay God. Kung ano ang plano niya, Siya na ang bahala,” said Amit.
Amit bowed to Ho Yun-tan of Chinese Taipei, 6-2, in the preliminaries but that proved to be a mere hiccup as she bounced back and went all the way to the top.
Amit now looks forward to the 2013 Southeast Asian Games in December where 10-ball is one of the events entered. She, however, downplayed the “favorite” tag since Iris Ranola won the 8-ball and 9-ball title the last time at her expense.
“Double gold si Iris,” said Amit.