PHOTOS: Westman returns to town for tennis open
WHEN Emma Westman began playing tennis nine years ago in Gladstone, she never thought she would one day return to the courts a visitor to the Gladstone Tennis Open.
Having moved to Brisbane for university at the beginning of the year, it has been six months since she has picked up a racket on the courts she grew up on.
Despite a 6-1 6-2 loss in her first match of the open women's draw, Westman believes she has improved since moving south.
"There are not many girls here in Gladstone so it is a good change," she said.
"I get the chance to hit with players my age in Brisbane just because there are more people."
Westman came back to Gladstone more interested in playing the under-18 competition and thought she would give the senior draw a shot.
But drawing third seed Taylor Douglas made the task a hard one.
Westman was satisfied with the match and has some parts of her game to go back to Brisbane and improve.
But more important is university and getting through her studies.
"It is going great I am doing a Bachelor of Business Management and Arts at the University of Queensland," she said.
In the six months she has been gone, Westman is still managing to get to tournaments, perhaps more than before.
She has played tournaments at Toowoomba, Ipswich and some around different places in Brisbane.
Westman was even able to win through a couple of rounds in Toowoomba, her best result to date.
The training she had in Gladstone over the years is what has led her to the success; Rob McBean giving her a good base according to the teenager.
Now she is a part of the Pure Tennis Academy at Griffith University.