Xu Yichen won the Amateur Masters tournament organised by Shanghai Masters promoter East Asia Group, to earn a wild card to the event proper.
Xu, from Hunan Province, beat Feng Xuebao 5-2 in the final and will now meet Stephen Maguire in the wild card round of the Shanghai Masters on Tuesday.
Higgins and Selby enjoyed themselves at the exhibition
“My friends and family came all the way from Changsha last night just to watch me play in the final,” said Xu, a former senior high school Chinese teacher and news journalist. “I would have been happy even if I had lost in the final, but now I have my chance to meet some of the top pros. My dream has come true!”
The Amateur Masters featured a series of qualifying events, with the final played at the Grand Stage in Shanghai on Sunday. This was followed by an exhibition involving John Higgins and Mark Selby.