Carlo Biado defeated Lin Wu Kun of Chinese-Taipei 11-4 on Wednesday night to advance to the semifinals of the World 9-Ball Championship in Doha, Qatar.
Biado, seeded No. 3 in the tournament, stormed to a 7-0 lead at Al Arabi Sports Club to win his quarterfinal assignment and set up a final-4 meeting on Thursday with American player and No. 23 seed Shane van Boening.
Earlier in the day, Biado, 35, went through a tougher time dispatching Wu Jiaqing of China in the round-of-16.
The defending world champion needed to win racks No. 19 and 20 to edge Wu 11-9.
All matches in the knockout stage use an alternate-break format and are a race-to-11, except the finals, which is a first-to-13.
The other semis pairing pits Joshua Filler of Germany and Alexandros Kazakis of Greece.
Biado, the reigning Southeast Asian Games 9-ball champion, beat countryman Roland Garcia to win the 2017 world title and break a 7-year title drought by a Filipino cueist.
This year, Garcia was eliminated in the round of 32, dropping an 11-8 match to Albin Ouschan of Austria.
Garcia was ahead 6-5 before Ouschan strung together 5 straight racks to oust Garcia.
Robbie Capito, a 17-year-old Hong Kong resident with Filipino heritage, was sent packing in the round of 16, losing 11-1 to Filler.
Two other Filipino participants who reached the knockout stage — Jeffrey Ignacio and Jeffrey de Luna — got the boot in the round of 64.
Francisco "Django" Bustamante, the 2010 winner, was the last Filipino player to top the competition prior to Biado.
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