Centeno and Corteza Sweep Las Vegas 10-Ball Open, Showcasing Filipino Billiards Dominance

Centeno and Corteza Sweep Las Vegas 10-Ball Open, Showcasing Filipino Billiards Dominance

The Philippines once again asserted its dominance in the world of billiards as Chezka Centeno and Lee Van Corteza secured victories at the Las Vegas 10-Ball Open of the Predator Pro Billiards Series held at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino.

In a remarkable display of skill and precision, Centeno emerged victorious in the women’s division, defeating former world nine-ball champion Chen Siming of China with a score of 4-2, 4-2. Meanwhile, Corteza showcased his prowess in the men’s division by triumphing over fellow Filipino and former world nine-ball king Carlo Biado with a score of 4-2, 4-3.

Centeno, a 24-year-old native of Zamboanga City, clinched her second major title after previously reigning supreme in the WPA World 10-Ball Championship held in Klagenfurt, Austria, last October. Her victory earned her a substantial $18,000 purse (approximately P1 million), further solidifying her status as a formidable force in the sport.

On the other hand, Corteza, a seasoned player with numerous accolades including being a World Cup of Pool winner and a six-time Southeast Asian Games gold medalist, claimed the men’s title and a prize of $30,000 (around P1.7 million). Despite falling short in the final, Biado received $14,000 (approximately P783,000) for his runner-up finish.

Centeno’s path to victory included notable victories over top players such as Austrian Jasmin Ouschan, Briton Alisson Fisher, Chou Chieh-Yu, and Korean Seo Seoa. Similarly, Corteza faced formidable opponents throughout the tournament, overcoming challenges from World No. 2 Fedor Gorst, American Skyler Woodward, Greek Alex Kazakis, and Taiwanese Ko Ping Chung.

While Biado ultimately fell to Corteza in the all-Filipino finale, his journey to the final included an impressive victory over World No. 1 Francisco Sanchez-Ruiz in the semifinals, showcasing the depth of talent within the Filipino billiards community.