“It’s fabulous” – Hong Kong’s Kai Fan Leung reacts after winning his tour card at Qualifying School
Kai Fan Leung denied Lisa Ashton on Friday evening in Wigan to seal his two-year ticket amongst the professionals, becoming the third player of Asian descent to do.
The Hong Kong thrower, who was a losing finalist on the PDC Asian Tour in Seoul, South Korea last year, followed in the footsteps of his countryman Royden Lam in coming through Qualifying School.
Lam had previously won through the field in both 2013 and 2017, though, played a selected amount of events thanks to opting to remain in his native Hong Kong.
Leung pulled off checkouts of 104 and 140 in the decider against Ashton, after beforehand averaging 102 in a blistering display against Adam Hunt.
The 36-year-old had performed to an extraordinary standard on Thursday at the Robin Park Leisure Centre, averaging over 107 on two occasions, but fell short at the hands of Darren Beveridge.
“It’s fabulous, I didn’t think I could go this far,” Leung told pdc.tv following his impressive triumph. “It’s my second time at Q School and I’m glad I made it through.
“Me and my family would love to stay here and compete with the big names. I’m still emerging, I’m still a new guy. Hopefully I can do better to compete with the rest of the people.
“I want to stay here, play here and see how far I can go. The Asian Tour has been going for two years and we’re all fighting to get into the World Cup and World Championship, and we want to live our dream.
“It’s helped me a lot and helps all the players to get better. Now, all of a sudden, because of the Asian Tour people are gaining experience, getting better and showing what we can do. It’s amazing.”
Ashton proved a tough tussle for Leung, with the four-time women’s world champion averaging in the eighties throughout the tournament and pinning a superb 130 checkout in the final.
Leung denied ‘The Lancashire Rose’ a slice of history in becoming the first woman to come through Q School, though, Ashton will return in the hope of doing enough.
“It was very tough against Lisa and strange to play her, and luckily I survived in the last leg,” added Leung.
“I could see she was winning her games and I didn’t know that I was going to play her, because I would have loved to see Lisa winning a tour card as well.”
Leung has already secured his place in March’s Ladbrokes UK Open following his success, and will be hoping to potentially relocate to Europe in the hope of pursuing a professional career.