Michael Look and Bojana Bobusic win in SA
Michael Look won the Onkaparinga International yesterday whilst across the state, Bojana Bobusic was victorious at the Mount Gambier Blue Lake International.
Queenslander Michael Look won his second Pro Tour title for the year yesterday at the City of Onkaparinga International. Across the state, in the women’s event, West Australian Bojana Bobusic was also victorious, collecting her first Pro Tour title at the City of Mount Gambier Blue Lake International.
Look, the No. 3 seed, defeated local Adelaide qualifier Colin Ebelthite 6-4 6-4 to win the Championship.
The 23-year-old had a magical week of tennis, defeating Nathan Willis (Qld) 6-2 6-0 in the first round. He knocked out Great Britain’s Richard Gabb in three sets 6-4 6-7(8) 6-3 and Toby Martin 6-4 6-4 in the quarter finals. Look ousted No.7 seeded New Zealander Jose Statham 6-3 6-3 to reach the final.
Ebelthite cruised through the tournament without dropping a set before going down to Look in the final.
“I felt great this morning. Today was the best I’ve felt, I was seeing the ball really well, my serve and my groundstrokes were going well. Overall I’m extremely happy with my performance, probably one of the best matches I’ve played all year,” Michael Look said.
“I was really hoping to finish the year inside the top 400, this second win has guaranteed that, so I am extremely happy.”
Look praised the new facilities at Happy Valley Tennis Club.
“The conditions this week were amazing. The weather was perfect and the wind was down. The brand new courts at Happy Valley Tennis Club were playing fantastically.”
In the men’s doubles final, No.3 seeds Robert McKenzie (Vic) and John Peers (Vic) defeated No.4 seeds Jack Schipanski (SA) and Li Tu (SA) to take their second Pro Tour title in a matter of weeks 6-4 6-2.
In the women’s event, the 22nd annual City of Mount Gambier Blue Lake International saw No. 8 seed Bojana Bobusic take her first Pro Tour title by defeating Korean Sung-Hee Han 6-3 6-2.
After her narrow loss to Olivia Rogowska in Port Pirie last week, Bobusic capitalised on her top form to take the title effortlessly yesterday. Bobusic did not lose a set on her run to the final. The first round saw her whistle past Ashley Keir (ACT) 6-2 6-1. She went on to beat Karolina Wlodarczak (Vic) 6-4 6-3 before knocking out New Zealander and No. 3 seed Sacha Jones 6-4 7-5. The semi then saw her defeat, for a second week in a row, No. 2 seed Isabella Holland (Qld) 6-2 6-3.
Though the win hasn’t sunk in for Bobusic, she was thrilled to have won her first Pro Tour title.
“I played well and I’m really happy to get the win,” Bojana Bobusic said.
“It hasn’t really sunk in yet, but coming off last week and not being able to get the win and having made a couple of other finals this year, I’m just really excited and happy I could come away with it today.”
Tyra Calderwood (NSW) and Stephanie Bengson (NSW) took out the women’s doubles title after No. 2 seeds Sally Peers (Vic) and Isabella Holland (Qld) withdrew due to injury.
The City of Onkaparinga International and City of Mount Gambier Blue Lake International are part of the 2011 – 2012 Australian Pro Tour, a series of professional tennis events that bridge junior events and the ATP/WTA Tour, providing an opportunity for players to earn their first world ranking points.
For more information on the tournaments, the 2011 – 2012 Australian Pro Tour, Tennis Australia or the players, visit www.tennis.com.au. For more information on the ITF Pro circuit visit www.itftennis.com.