Asia Victorious in Dramatic Finale of AM8.com Queens Cup
A very concerned Team Asia lost it’s joy and laughter when the momentum shifted to the West and seeing their best players dominated by Karen Corr.
Corr was put right back in again with her familiar partner of the past 3 days, Jennifer Barretta. They faced Park/J.Chen. Captain Laurance’s faith in the duo paid off in a 4-0 whitewash, and suddenly the West had come back to life! They were down only 1 match at Asia 7 West 6.
Asia had no answer for the puzzle that was Karen Corr.
Corr was called upon one more time as she was placed in the first 3 matches as the anchor of Team West. This time would be the most challenging as she faced the #1 ranked player in the world in Siming Chen. Donned the “Most Dangerous Lady” in pool, Chen came out strong and making hardly an error, jumped to a 3-1 lead. Undeterred, the “Irish Invader” took each shot one by one and forced a final game to the cheers of her teammates. In the final game, a great break by Corr enabled a full clearance to not only defeat Asia’s anchor, but to level the series at 7-7! This was the first time in the Queens Cup that the West had won 3 matches in a row thanks to the Irish workhorse in Karen Corr. Karen would later gain the distinction as the MVP of Team West with 6 match wins.
Singles was up next, and the West had Villarreal up while Amit had placed herself in this position. Villarreal had been on a hot streak during the first 2 days and next to Corr, was the second best player on the team. Also, the next match would be losing team captain’s pick singles which would mean that the West would be able to choose both players from the two teams. Likely this would be a re-match of Corr and Park from what Laurancehad mentioned. And if the West would win that one, it would mean a score of 9-9 resulting in a 4 on 4 finale. So, the vital importance of winning this match was mountainous upon the shoulders of both players.
“If I lost that match I knew that it would mean we could very well goto 9-9 for a one match decider for the event. So playing Vivian was like the finals. There was so much pressure it was crazy”, said Rubilen Amit, captain of Team Asia. Amit would be declared the MVP of the AM8.com Queens Cup for her outstanding leadership bringing together 4 countries into unison. Plus her monumental contribution of 8 wins and 2 loss record, including going undefeated in both her singles matches. Amit has yet to drop a singles match in her tenure during her two appearances at the Queens Cup.
- Singles: Karen Corr 4 vs 2 Eunji Park
- Doubles – Corr/Barretta 4 vs 0 Park/J.Chen
- Singles –Karen Corr 4 vs 3 Siming Chen (Captains pick)
- 3-on-3 – Laurance/Corr/Villarreal 1 vs 4 S.Chen/Amit/J.Chen
- 4-on-4 – West 2 vs 4 Asia
- Singles – Vivian Villarreal 1 vs 4 Rubilen Amit
- Singles – Captains pick
- 4-on-4 – All players
ABS-CBN Sports + Action will be re-airing QUEENS CUP 2015 on the following dates :
Apr. 20, Monday at 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Apr. 21, Tuesday at 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Apr. 22, Wednesday at 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Over 50 media outlets from TV, newspapers, online news attended the press con. These eight lady champions will decide which continent reigns supreme in the sport over the course of 3 days of competition Siming Chen (CHN), Rubilen Amit (Philippines), Jennifer Chen (Taiwan) & Eunji Park (Korea) will face their nemesis in Karen Corr (IRE), Vivian Villarreal (USA), Ewa Mataya Laurance (SWE/USA) & Jennifer Barretta (USA)
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