Six Filipino cue artists remained unbeaten after two games in the knockout stage of the 2021 Abu Dhabi Open 9-Ball Championship Wednesday at the Power Break Billiard Hall in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Former world champion Carlo Biado survived compatriot Arnel Bautista’s late charge to post a 9-7 victory in this tournament staking 46,000 UAE dirham (around P600,000) total cash prize.
Biado raced to a 5-0 lead before Bautista found his composure to win six of the next nine racks to keep close at 8-6.
But Biado, the reigning US Open Pool Champion, sealed the win to join Roland Garcia, Arman Cagol, Jhay Miranda, Israel Rota and Harry Vergara into the next round.
“I was lucky on my last shot,” said Biado.
Garcia dumped Aikhouri Ghaith of Jordan, 9-1; Cagol edged Jayson Nuguid, 9-6; Rota subdued Aivhan Maluto, 9-6; and Vergara downed Oliver Medenilla, 9-6.