CARLO Biado joined an elite group of Pinoys after beating countryman Roland Garcia, 13-5, to win the 2017 World Pool 9-Ball championships in Doha, Qatar.
“I’m very, very happy right now,” said Biado after the game.“It’s been a long time. I worked very hard, had many disappointments. And now, finally, I won the world title.”
Biado defeated Lin Wu Kun of Taiwan, 11-6, in the semifinals, while Garcia downed Klenti Kaci, 11-6, in the other semis. Biado earned $40,000, while Garcia settled for $20,000.
“In the semis, I had a bit of pressure against Wu but I got lucky in one of the racks when I missed the bank shot on the four ball but it went in the other pocket. So I got lucky,” said Biado.
“There was less pressure in the final because even if I hadn’t won, at least a Filipino would get the title. I was very comfortable, that’s why I played well. Also, the balls were always in an easy position after the break,” he said.
Biado advanced to the semis after beating Liu Haitao, 11-0, in the quarterfinals, while Garcia defeated Jalal Yousef, 11-4.
With the win, Biado joins compatriots Efren “Bata”Reyes, Francisco “Django” Bustamante, Alex “The Lion” Pagulayan and Ronnie “Volcano” Alcano as WPA world 9-ball champions.
“When I won the world games, there was a lot of pressure, more than here because there were so many people watching. After I won in Poland against Jayson Shaw, I just felt so good and I got more confident when I entered other events. That was a really big help to my confidence and I know it definitely helped me this week and today,” he said.
Garcia was gracious in defeat.
“It’s still a wonderful feeling to be a part of this prestigious event,” Garcia said. “And the fact that my friend and countryman Carlo wins means I’m also a winner. I’m very proud of Carlo. He deserved it more than I do.”
Garcia was a first-timer in the competition and he is hoping to return next year. (PR)