Three Filipino cue masters barged into the Round-of-16 in the prestigious 2017 World 9-Ball Championship being held at the Al Arabi Sports Club in Doha, Qatar.
World Games gold medalist Carlo Biado, Jeffery Ignacio and Roland Garcia posted two straight victories in the knockout stage to earn spots in the next round of the tournament sanctioned by the World Pool-Billiard Association.
Biado ousted Daniel Tangudd in the first round, 11-6, and Tomasz Kaplan of Poland in the second round, 11-8.
Ignacio blasted Lo Ho Sum of Hong Kong in the opening round, 11-4, then survived compatriot Francisco Felicilda in the next round, 11-9.
Garcia also had a good start with victories over Mohammad Al Amin of Bangladesh in the first round, 11-4, and Niels Feijen of the Netherlands in the second round, 11-7, of the $200,000 tournament.
However, Biado will be battling Ignacio for a spot in the quarterfinals while Garcia has Ko Pin Yi of Taiwan as his next foe.
The other pairing in the Last 16 are defending champion Albin Ouschan of Austria versus Wu Kun Lin of Taiwan, former champion Thorsten Hohmann of Germany versus Hsieh Chia Chen of Taiwan, Liu Haitao of China versus Ko Ping Chung of Taiwan, Jalal Al Sarisi Yousef of Venezuela versus Dang Jinhu of China, Maung Maung of Myanmar versus Joshua Filler of Germany, and Klenti Kaci of Albania versus John Morra of Canada.
The Last 16 matches will be held on Wednesday night.
Besides Felicilda, Warren Kiamco, Jeffrey De Luna and Israel Rota were also booted out of contention.
Kiamco trounced Kong Dejing of China in the first round (11-4) but lost to Wu Kun Lin of Taiwan in the second round (11-8) while De Luna scored an 11-7 win over Maksim Dudanets of Russia in the first round before suffering an 11-9 loss to Maung.
Rota lost to Liu in the first round, 3-11.