MANILA, Philippines — Carlos Biado captured one of the biggest events in pool after stunning 13-8 vicotry over Singapore’s Aloysius Yapp, winning the US Open Pool Championship at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
The former world champion and multi-time Southeast Asian Games gold medalist came from behind and won the last 10 racks to become the first Filipino to win the US Open since his boyhood idol Efren “BATA” Reyes won it in 1994.
“I’m very happy because this event is one of my dreams,” the 37-year-old said as he fought back tears. “I dedicate this to my family, also to my baby. Thanks to all of you. Even in the time of pandemic, you’re still here watching around the world.”
Midway through the match, it seemed like Biado had slim chances of defeating Yapp. After he took an early 3-1 lead, Yapp stormed back to win the next seven racks and take a commanding five-rack lead. But the match turned in the 12th rack when the Singaporean missed a delicate cut on the 9 ball presenting Biado a golden opportunity to kickstart his comeback.
Biado swept the last 10 racks to bring home the trophy and the top prize of $50,000. After sinking the final 9 ball in the 21st rack, the Filipino yelled in triumph, pumped his fist three times, and got up on the table to celebrate.
The championship is Biado’s second major world title after his 2017 World Pool Championship conquest.