Berri, 7 March 2011 |

Update 4:20 pm. Rising star Ben Mitchell (Worongary, Qld) has claimed his first Pro Tour title after winning the Landmark Riverland Tennis International in Berri, South Australia.

The No.4 seed in Berri, Mitchell dropped the first set against fellow Queenslander and No.5 seed Michael Look but fought back strongly to win the final, 2-6 6-4 6-3.

After finishing runner-up in last year’s WM Loud Bendigo International, the victory marked Mitchell’s first Pro Tour title.

Mitchell reached the final after defeating top seed Vishnu Vardhan (IND) in a tough three-set match on Saturday, while Look had a comfortable victory against No.2 seed Hiroki Moriya (JPN) in the semifinals.

Meanwhile, world No. 370 Yurika Sema (JPN) has defeated compatriot Rika Fujiwara (JPN) to claim the Sydney Olympic Park International.

Sema followed up her hard-fought win against Gail Brodsky (USA) in the semifinals to record a thrilling victory against the No.7 seed, 6-4 5-7 7-6(2).

Both players had only conceded one set before entering the final, but Sema was too strong for Fujiwara as she claimed her first title since 2009.

Sema finished runner-up in last year’s Sydney Olympic Park International, falling to Australian star Jarmila Groth (Vic) in the final.

Latest results



Landmark Riverland Tennis International – Berri, Australia (Grass)

F [WC] [4] Ben Mitchell (Qld) def [5] Michael Look (Qld) 2-6 6-4 6-3

SF [WC] [4] Ben Mitchell (Qld) def [1] Vishnu Vardhan (IND) 1-6 7-6(2) 7-5

SF [5] Michael Look (Qld) def [2] Hiroki Moriya (JPN) 6-3 6-2



Sydney Olympic Park International – Sydney, Australia (Hard)

F Yurika Sema (JPN) def [7] Rika Fujiwara (JPN) 6-4 5-7 7-6(2)

SF [7] Rika Fujiwara (JPN) def Emily Webley-Smith (GBR) 7-5 6-1

SF Yurika Sema (JPN) def Gail Brodsky (USA) 3-6 6-4 6-3