Biado, Chua to dispute Vietnam SEA Games men’s 9-ball pool singles crown

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 17) – It will be an all-Filipino final in the 31st Southeast Asian Games billiards men’s 9-ball pool singles competition.

The country’s leading pool players Carlo Biado and Johann Chua defeated their respective Singaporean opponents in the semifinals on Tuesday at the Ha Dong Gymnasium in Vietnam.

Biado, the 2021 US Open Pool champion, edged Singapore’s top pool player Aloysius Yapp in a close 9-7 score.

In contrast, Chua dominated his Singaporean foe Lian Han Toh, 9-3.

Biado and Chua will battle for the gold medal on Wednesday at 11 a.m. Philippine time.

In other billiards results, defending SEA Games champion Rubilen Amit is a win away from retaining her crown in the women’s 9-ball pool singles after beating hometown bet Xuan Vang Bui, 7-4, in the semifinals on Monday.

Amit is seeking to win her sixth SEA Games gold medal.

Jefrey Roda also advanced to the finals of the men’s snooker 6-red singles after nailing a close win against Malaysia’s Keen Hoo Moh, 5-4, in the semifinals.

Roda and Amit will vie for the gold on Tuesday afternoon.

Filipino billiards legend Efren “Bata” Reyes is also assured of a bronze medal in the men’s 1-cushion carom event after clipping Thailand’s Suriya Suwannasingh, 65-58, to earn a semifinals berth.

The 67-year-old Reyes will play in the semifinals on Wednesday, hoping to improve on his bronze medal finish in 2019.