Photos courtesy Emille Soriano of Dragon Promotions Villarreal wins the final match of Day 1. The ladies are on stage ready to do battle as renown TV star MC Anthony Suntay initiates the kickoff Captain Asia: Steely focused Filipina Rubilen Amit pulled out 3 match wins to help propel Team Asia to a hard fought 3-2 lead going into Day 2.
The opening ceremony started off with a successful opening breakshot by Resorts World Manila COO Stephen Reilly & the “first 10-Ball In” by AM8.com’s Chloe Tseng. With some help from World Champions Karen Corr and Siming Chen
Team Asia started off very strong starting with the 4-on-4 where Asia played in perfect unison, even breaking and running the very first rack of the event. Making a statement for sure that Asia was there to win. They proceeded to take a 3-0 lead before making an error which the West received a game win, but still dropped a 4-1 scoreline. Asia came out strong the first match playing in perfect unison
Next the captain herself, Amit put Korea’s rookie Eunji Park by her side in the first doubles match of the event and they broke out to a 3-0 , mostly capitalizing on 3 big errors from the “Texas Tornado” Vivian Villarreal. Team West skipper Ewa Mataya Laurance made great shots and used her knowledge and savvy to keep her team in the game and they clawed back to level the match at 3-3. With a great chance to win the match, the West inadvertently hooked themselves behind a ball and gave Team Asia an easy rack which put Asia in the lead again.
Ireland’s Karen Corr was up first in the singles, playing as the anchor of the team, and Amit selected herself for the first singles match. Corr came out strong, first making an incredible “Bata-like” kickshot off a Amit safety, and proceeded to clear the table. Corr took a 2 game lead, but in the third rack, a lucky fluke by Amit off her own kickshot changed the momentum of the match. Amit took advantage of the situation and turned around the match to 3-2 in her favor. Corr made a good stop to tie th match at 3-3, but the final game belonged to Rubilen after a missed shot by Corr.
With their backs against the wall in a “need to win” Day 1 situation, veteran Villarreal was sent in to stop Asia’s momentum. A win by Asia here would put them up 4-1, the same deficit West faced last year on Day 1 which led to their eventual doom of 10-4 two days later.Shaking off some earlier shaky performances, Vivian stormed to a lightning fast 4-1, and well needed, victory for Team West. Villarreal was super amped before the match, and afterwards could be seen twirling her finger in her trademark victory sign.
Apr. 16, Thursday at 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Apr. 17, Friday at 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Apr. 18, Saturday at 6:00pm – 11:00pmREPLAY
Apr. 20, Monday at 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Apr. 21, Tuesday at 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Apr. 22, Wednesday at 2:00pm – 6:00pm
The Queens Cup will showcase the rivalry between the Asians and their western counterparts in Europe and USA, very similar to the Ryder Cup in golf or Davis Cup in tennis. Elite professional ladies from their respective countries and continents are selected onto two sides representing the East and West. The event will last 3 days in a 10-Ball format that will conclude when one team reaches 10 match wins. Style of play will include singles, doubles, triples, and 4-on-4. Captains will be put to the test to create the best strategy in partnerships and chemistry of match-ups. If the matches go 9 to 9 hill-hill, a final 4-on-4 play will set the scene for the dramatic conclusion.
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