13 Year Old Girl Qualifies for World 10-Ball
China & Taiwan Split Second Qualifying Heats
by Charlie Williams
Manila, Philippines- Mark this name as one to remember in the near future, Cheska Centeno. The Filipina 13 year old won the 3rd qualifying heat of the Yalin Women’s World 10-Ball Championship Stage 1. She will be joining her first World Championship amongst the world’s elite such as Kelly Fisher of England, Austria’s Jasmin Ouschan, and even following the footsteps perhaps of Philippines most prized women’s athletes, Rubilen Amit.
Cheska Centeno defeated fellow Filipina Geona Gregorio in a tightly contested 7-5 score in the finals. Geona is a college champion from Bugsy Promotions.
“Cheska is seriously good”, observed Emille “Bboy”Soriano, co-event manager of the World 10-Ball Championship and expert billiards commentator for ABS-CBN.
“I played with Cheska 2 years ago and was impressed by her game. I’m really happy to be a role model for young girls playing pool in the Philippines”, said Amit, the 2009 World 10-Ball Champion.
In the 4th qualifying heats at the start of Day, China’s Wu Jing fought her way into the Yalin World 10-Ball along with the 5th Taiwanese to qualify, Ms.Lai Hui Shan.
Taiwan utterly dominated the first day of the World Championship in the qualifying rounds taking the first 4 spots.
Taiwan has long been the arch rivals of the Philippines in pocket billiards, so it will be interesting to see how this week unfolds in Manila. Three Filipinas will now enter the main stage of the World Championship.
The heats were open to any woman willing to take a shot at the world’s biggest title in lady’s billiards. Players from China, Japan, Taiwan, and Philippines will be the dominant forces in the Stage 1 field fighting their way into Stage 2 to become one of the elite 48 players of the Yalin Women’s World 10-Ball Championship. The matches started yesterday for a total of 6 qualifying heats to enter the star studded field of over 20 countries from Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Australia, and Asia.
The Dragon Promotions produced 4th Annual Yalin Women’s World 10-Ball Championship is the most followed women’s event of the year. In the host country of the Philippines, it is the biggest female sporting event of the country. The event is supported by Asian table mammoth Yalin Billiards, advanced cue engineer OB Cues, long lasting Championship Tour Edition Cloth, top playing Aramith Balls, and #1 TV network broadcaster ABS-CBN. This year’s edition will take place August 20th-24th once again at Robinson’s Galleria Mall, which has now become synonymous for creating the dynamic atmosphere of the coveted championship. Robinson’s Galleria is connected to the host hotel Crowne Plaza Galleria. An elite 48 world class pros and international women superstars will attend the event to fight it out. With the one goal in mind: to become the World Champion of 10-Ball.
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The Yalin Women’s World 10-Ball Championship is additionally sponsored by ABS-CBN Sports, Robinson’s Galleria, Star Billiards, OB Cues, Championship Cloth, Aramith Balls, and Crowne Plaza Galleria Ortigas. With massive media and global networks covering the Yalin Women’s World 10-Ball Championship, it will continue as still the biggest and most watched women’s billiard event in the world.