Carlo Biado mounts comeback to win US Open Pool Championship
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines' Carlo Biado mounted a tremendous comeback against Singapore's Aloysius Yapp to rule the US Open Pool Championship, 13-8, in the Final on Saturday (Sunday, Manila time).
After going down five points, 3-8 early against the Singaporean cue artist, Biado won the last ten racks in a row to win the prestigious title and bagged $50,000 (around P2.5 million).
Biado became the first Filipino since Efren "Bata" Reyes to win the US Open. Reyes won the prestigious tournament in 1994.
Filipino-Canadian Alex Pagulayan won it in 2004 representing Canada.
Biado had a tough climb to the top as he was relegated to the losers' bracket. He, however, overcame two hill-hill matches during the knockout phase to keep himself alive.
Biado conquered Naoyuki Oi of Japan, 11-9.
Another Filipino, veteran Dennis Orcollo, earlier made it to the tournament's semifinals but absorbed a disappointing 11-6 loss to Yapp, who ended up facing Biado in the finals.
Orcollo had been on a seven-match win streak until he met and lost to Yapp, which prevented an all-Filipino finals showdown.