Former Crucible quarter-finalist Lee Walker and Germany’s Simon Lichtenberg sealed fresh two-year cards on the World Snooker Tour, recovering from recent relegation off the circuit, at Q School Event One in Sheffield.
Welshman Walker defeated compatriot and former professional Jamie Jones 4-1 in round five to book his place in the final round. There he faced Simon Blackwell, who was bidding to secure a place on the circuit for the first time. Walker, who first turned professional in 1994, prevailed 4-1.
Lichtenberg beat Leo Fernandez 4-1 to seal his immediate return to the professional ranks. The German first turned professional in 2018, after winning the European Under-21 Championship. However, he struggled in his initial two years, failing to go beyond the last 64 of any ranking events.
China’s Fan Zhengyi defeated Michael White 4-2 in a battle between two players who dropped off the tour at recent Crucible qualifying. High profile two-time ranking event winner White retains hopes of salvaging his professional status, with the final stages of events two and three to come.
Peter Devlin earned a two-year tour card to become a professional for the first time. He defeated John Astley 4-2 to gain a place on the World Snooker Tour.
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