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Filipinos led by Carlo Biado undefeated so far in Abu Dhabi 9-Ball Open

By: - Reporter / @BLozadaINQ
/ 05:14 PM November 11, 2021
Filipino cue artist Carlo Biado in the Abu Dhabi Open.

Filipino cue artist Carlo Biado in the Abu Dhabi Open. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/NIECKY BIADO

MANILA, Philippines—Carlo Biado and five other Filipino cue artists advanced to the knockout stage following perfect runs in the preliminaries of the Abu Dhabi 9-Ball Championship Wednesday at Power Break Billiard Hall.

The reigning US Open Pool champion held off fellow Filipino Arnel Bautista, 9-7, in his final match of the preliminaries to move closer to the AED 20,000 (roughly P273,000) title prize.

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Biado, who won the 2017 World 9-Ball title, raced to a 5-0 lead but Bautista relied back to get to as close as two racks down, 8-6, but couldn’t sustain his momentum in the final moments of the match.

“I was a bit lucky because my touch didn’t fail me until the last shot,” said Biado following his match against Bautista, who now lives in Dubai.

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Also moving to the knockout round are Roland Garcia, Arman Cagol, Jhay Miranda, Israel Rota and Harry Vergara.

Garcia dominated Jordan’s Aikhouri Ghaith, 9-1, while Miranda survived Dominic Reyes, 9-7.

Cagol defeated Jayson Nuguid, 9-5, in their match while Rota and Vergara had 9-6 wins over Aivhan Maluto and Oliver Medenilla, respectively.

Lebanon’s Khalid Najib Fattoh eliminated Egypt’s Mammoud Fadi, 9-4, while Jordan’s Ahmad Jallad took down UAE’s Abdullah Alameri, 9-4.

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