PHL to host Asia vs. West billiards battle at Resorts World on April 16-18

MANILA, February 12 — The Philippines once again plays host to the world’s greatest women’s billiards competition on April 16 to 18.

This was announced by Dragon Promotions president Charlie Williams who said that the second installment of the event is named Queens Cup at the Resorts World Manila Casino & Hotel in Paranaque City.

This year’s edition features Asia’s best women cue players versus the best from the West.

Williams said the international billiards battle has returned here because of wonderful worldwide broadcast and the big, big audience who watched the matches.

Inaugural champion Team Asia overwhelmed Team West in a 10-4 finals score in 2014’s three-day competition.

This year, the West Team composed of USA and Europe will try to even the score as audience growth is expected to increase and intensify in viewership.

Last year’s champion Team Asia was captained by South Korea’s Ga Young Kim with Philippines World Champion Rubilen Amit, Taiwan’s Pei Chen Tsai, and China’s Siming Chen all who had winning records.

Team West was composed of England’s Kelly Fisher who captained her side including Great Britain’s Allison Fisher, Austria’s Jasmin Ouschan, and USA’s Vivian Villarreal.

“There will be some mainstays but also some changes to the lineup. Obviously we have to keep a good pulse on the current top players and who’s performing well on tour,” said Cindy Lee, CEO of Dragon.

“The real key though is chemistry. That’s something the Asians had last year and something the West will need to bring.”

“There’s definitely an entirely different kind of pressure in the Queens Cup when you play for a team. You feel worse when you let your teammates down. I’m not happy with my performance at all. But I did enjoy the event”, said Austria’s champ Jasmin Ouschan.

In the case of the Philippines’ pride, Rubilen Amit, she said she plays better when alone so she struggled with her new teammates’ style.

Another world champion, Allison Fisher, said: “I wasn’t comfortable at all the first two days and definitely felt the pressure. But the third day I finally settled down and felt good. But it was too late at that point.” (PNA)

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