By Gabriela Baron
Pinay cue master Rubilen Amit took a commanding 7-1 win over Vietnam’s Xuan Vang Bui to secure a semifinals spot in the 10-ball women’s singles in the 30th Southeast Asian Games Wednesday at the Tent City of the Manila Hotel.
The two-time world champion earlier came from a come-from-behind win against Thailand’s Siripaporn Nuathakhamjan in the last 14 match. Amit recovered from a 0-3 deficit to pick up the win and move on.
The 38-year old said that playing in front of the home crowd helped her get back to the game.
“Oo gusto ko (yung palakpakan), parang ano ko yun, energy drink ko.”
Amit won the gold in the 10-ball event women’s singles in the 2013 SEA Games in Naypyitaw, Myanmar.
Chezka Centeno, on the other hand, advanced to the semifinals after winning against Thailand’s Waratthanun Sukritthanes, 7-3.
Meanwhile, Singapore and Myanmar foiled what a projected all-Filipino finals in the 9-ball doubles competition.
Carlo Biado and Johann Chua fell to defending champion Toh Lian Han and Aloysius Yapp of Singapore 9-3, while Warren Kiamco and Jeffrey Ignacio lost to Aung Moe Thu and Myint Kyaw Phone of Myanmar in a hill-hill battle 9-8.
Basil Hasan Al Shajjar and Michael Angelo Mengorio also fell short to Singapore’s Kingsley Tian Yi ang and Chun Kiat Lim in snookers men’s doubles.