SEA Games: “Lucky” Amit gets friendly bounces in first win

Paul Lintag on Dec 04, 2019 03:25 PM
SEA Games: “Lucky” Amit gets friendly bounces in first win
Rubilen Amit has two World Championship wins in women’s 10-ball and yet to start her singles campaign in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, she struggled going up against Thailand’s Nuanthakhamjan Siripaporn. (Photo by Richard Esguerra)

MANILA — Sometimes you need a couple of lucky breaks to win at billiards.

Rubilen Amit has two World Championship wins in women’s 10-ball and yet to start her singles campaign in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games here Wednesday, she struggled going up against Thailand’s Nuanthakhamjan Siripaporn.

Amit trailed Siripaporn, 0-3, and needed a clutch hit in rack four to finally put a win on the board.

The Thai went for a safety on the 8-ball and Amit had to get creative, banking it to the side pocket. It was the shot that ignited her run.

But even as Rubilen took control of the match, 6-5, Siripaporn had a chance to force a decider but eventually missed the final 10-ball in rack no. 12.

Amit got her first win, 7-5.

[Related: SEA Games: Amit rallies to beat tough Thai foe in 10-ball singles]

“Sabi ko nga dun sa kalaban ko, ‘you played well. I was just lucky you missed the 10-ball,’” Amit said.

“Kung nag-all kami, baka di na kayanin ng puso ko, ang bilis na ng tibok,” she added with a nervous chuckle.

Amit’s win in the round of 14 puts her through the quarterfinals. As the women’s 10-ball singles continue in the SEA Games, the former two-time World Champion says there’s still a lot to improve upon.

Minimizing her errors is the main priority.

“Itong kalaban ko sabi niya sakin she does this only during her free time, so parang free time niya lang pero ang galing. So di ka talaga pwede maging complacent,” Amit said.

“Tsaka sana less errors talaga, kasi in the beginning I had a ton of errors talaga,” she added.

 

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