Carlo Biado wins 2021 US Open Pool title in comeback fashion

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 19) – Carlo Biado ended the Philippines' 27-year hiatus for a US Open Pool title with a come-from-behind 13-8 win over Singapore's Aloysius Yapp in the 2021 finals on Sunday morning (Philippine time) at the Harrah's Resort in Atlantic City.

The 37-year-old Biado won the last 10 racks of the contest, after being down 3-8, to become the first Filipino to take home the crown since billiards legend Efren "Bata" Reyes in 1994.

"I'm very happy because this event is one of my dreams," a teary-eyed Biado said after the match.

Biado was leading 3-1 early in the contest, but Yapp raced to win the next seven racks which turned out to be the Singaporean pool player's final stand in the match.

Earlier, Yapp prevented an all-Filipino duel in the finals after he eliminated Dennis Orcollo in the semifinals.

Biado defeated Japan's Naoyuki Oi, 11-9, to reach the final.

The 2021 US Open Pool Championship is Biado's second major world title after the 2017 World Pool Championship.

Biado received $50,000 for winning the US Open Pool trophy.