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Zhang AndaZhang Anda beat Zhou Yuelong 5-1 in the final of the China Professional Tour Fuzhou event last week.

Zhang had never previously been beyond the quarter-finals of a China Professional Tour event.

“Finally I made it,” said Zhang, “Now I truly am a national champion and this will inspire me a lot through my career.

“I’ve wanted this title for a long time because I’ll be recognised as China’s national champion.

“It’s a big confidence boost. One’s performance can be crucial in a snooker match because we all have good technique. One’s attitude is playing an important role. It’s a matter of who deals with the situation better. I made the most of my chances today.

“My opponent Zhou Yuelong was unlucky. I fluked a snooker on the green in the fourth frame and later he missed the final black, otherwise it would have gone 2-2.”

Zhang, who first turned pro in 2009, finished 65th on the world ranking list last season but a good run in the Asian Tour event gave him a fresh two year tour card.

Report by Tai Chengzhe