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Rising star Biado makes WPA World Ten Ball Championship semis

May 14, 2011 9:17pm
World champions playing in the World Ten Ball Championship have fallen like pieces of dominoes in the past two days of competition.

In just one day, Carlo Biado, an up and coming Filipino pool player, has brought down three world titlists.

Biado claimed the scalp of fellow Pinoy and double world champion Ronnie Alcano in the last 32 match, former World 9-Ball champion Daryl Peach of Great Britain in the last 16 match and newly-crowned World 8-Ball champion Dennis Orcullo.

The 27-year-old Biado had an easier time disposing off Alcano, who won the first rack but lost the next nine racks in suffering a sound 9-1 beating at the hands of the former caddie-turned golfer.

β€œNag-mintis siya sa second rack and hindi na siya halos nagkaroon ng magandang pagkakataon," said Biado in his match against the 2006 World 9-Ball champion and 2007 World 8-Ball champion Alcano.

Against Peach, Biado was likewise impressive. The Filipino defeated the 2007 World 9-Ball champ, 9-4.

β€œNaghanda talaga ako dito para sa World Ten Ball Championship," said Biado. β€œAng training ko nga is at least 50 racks three times a week. Nagpapahinga rin ako ng maaga para maganda yung kundisyon ko dahil kailangan maganda kundisyon mo sa tournament."

Biado is the youngest player entered in the quarterfinal round and against Orcullo, he showed his superb conditioning in hammering out a convincing 9-4 triumph over the more experienced player, who is considered one of the best players in the international pool circuit.

Coming off an exhausting hill-hill match he won over comebacking Wu Jia Qing (formerly known as Wu Chia Ching) of China, 9-8, Orcullo appeared to have lost steam in his match against a refreshed Biado.

The former world No.1 player Orcullo fell behind early and found himself teetering on the brink of elimination, 2-8, against the more energetic Biado.

Although Orcullo tried to make a game out of it by taking the next two racks, Biado engaged his tired opponent in a battle of safety exchanges.

The younger player from La Union got an opening at ball No.1 and was determined to finish off the match. With still three balls left and the objects are scattered perfectly near the pockets, Orcullo decided to concede the match to his compatriot.

Biado joined Yukio Akakariyama of Japan, Huidji See of the Netherlands and Fu Jianbo of China in the semifinal round that will be played on the final day on Sunday. The championship match which will be a race-to-11 affair, will be played on the same day.

Lee Van Corteza, another Pinoy player expected to make it to the Final Four, lost his quarterfinals match to Fu in another hill-hill encounter, 9-8.

Corteza rallied from a 7-4 deficit and even grabbed the lead, 8-7. But the former World Ten Ball runner-up gambled on taking a long shot at No.1 to the corner and missed it. That allowed his Chinese counterpart to get back at the table and force a decision.

In the 17th and last rack, Fu showed nerves of steel as he ran out the balls and booked a seat in the semifinals.

See dumped Tony Drago of Malta, 9-4, while Akakariyama outplayed Chris Melling of Great Britain, 9-6.

All four players competing in the semifinals are assured of at least $15,000. The champion of this event sanctioned by the World Pool-Billiard Association will get the lion’s share of $60,000 from the total prize fund of $250,000. The runner-up will get $30,000. - GMA News



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