Filipino teen Chezka Centeno rules 9-Ball tilt in Taipei

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Filipino teen Chezka Centeno stunned decorated veteran Kelly Fisher of England, 11-8, to win the title in the Amway eSpring International 9-Ball Championship Sunday, June 19, at Banqiao Gymnasium in Taipei.

Centeno, who turns 17 on June 30, showed great resolve and composure rarely seen at her age to capture her first world 9-ball crown in the senior’s level.

The Zamboanga native rallied from four sets down, 1-5, before racking up the last three sets of her match against the 37-year-old Fisher, a many-time world pool championship winner.

Before arranging a finals duel with Fisher, Centeno had to knock off another world 9-ball champion in Han Yu of China, 9-8, in the semifinals.

Centeno won the women’s 9-ball single gold medal in the 2015 Southeast Asian Games in Singapore.

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