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Rubilen Amit sets sights on World 9-ball Championships

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By Kristel Satumbaga

Rubilen Amit has now set her sights on the 2019 Hainan Sanya Women’s World 9-Ball Championships in China set this week after a successful campaign at the 30th Southeast Asian Games.

Rubilen Amit sets sights on 2019 Hainan Sanya Women’s World 9-Ball Championships in China. (MB Photo / Manny Llanes)

Rubilen Amit sets sights on 2019 Hainan Sanya Women’s World 9-Ball Championships in China. (MB Photo / Manny Llanes)

Amit will be using her experience at the biennial meet as springboard to winning the world title which she almost clinched 12 years ago.

“Yung focus ko nasa world championships na,” said the 38-year-old Amit after winning the 9-ball singles gold medal at the SEA Games to Chezka Centeno last week. “Kasi kung iisipin ko na SEA Games, Philippines-Philippines na eh. Baka bumaba ang laro. Kaya inisip ko, nasa world championship na ako.”

Chezka Centeno, left, and Rubilen Amit gesture and share a light moment after women's 10-ball women's final at the Tent City of Manila Hotel, Dec. 7, 2019. Centeno bags the gold medal while Amit settles for silver. (MB Photo / Ali Vicoy)

Chezka Centeno, left, and Rubilen Amit (MB Photo / Ali Vicoy)

Sixty-four of the best female cue artists will battle for the title which  stakes US$44,000 to the champion and US$22,000 to the runner-up.

The opening ceremony will be on Sunday with the competition proper starting on Monday until Thursday.

Amit’s best feat was a runner-up finish in the 2007 edition held in Taiwan to Chinese Pan Xiaoting.

Also competing are former Asian Junior Champion and four-time SEAG gold medalist Chezka Centeno, Floriza Andal and Iris Ranola.

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