Look, Sorbello triumph at Gladstone tennis open
TWO new names were etched on to the $8000 Wide Bay Australia 2005 Gladstone Open Hardcourt Tennis Championships trophies with first-up winners Michael Look and Maria Sorbello triumphing yesterday.
Contesting his first Gladstone Open, Look, the second seed, was rock solid in disposing of long-term friend and rival Kaden Hensel 6-4 6-0 in yesterday's open men's final.
Sorbello was even more convincing, rushing to her title in quick time by shutting out Prue Teitzel 6-1 6-1.
Look, a 17-year-old Redcliffe product coached by John Frawley, was too consistent for Hensel, unleashing his powerful forehand to good effect as he ran away with the match after meeting early resistance.
Look, who is heading to the US in mid-September to continue his studies and to try his luck on the challenging college circuit, has re-worked his forehand and service and both looked in good shape yesterday.
'I served quite well,' Look said after his victory. 'I changed my service action at the start of the year and in the last week I've been gaining in confidence with it,' Look said.
'I've also been working on my forehand, getting some more power into it to make it more of a weapon. You need a weapon (if you're to make it) on the pro circuit.'
Look said he and Hensel had met on many occasions in the ju-nior ranks prior to the latter's own departure for the US college tour, from which he has recently returned.
'It was good to get some revenge on Kaden because he beat me the last time we met,' Look said.
Look said the fact that Hensel had returned from the college circuit and was giving every indication he enjoyed the experience helped convince him he was making the right choice in heading over.