Lindner powers ahead in sport
HE'S got the physique of a rugby league forward like his famous dad Bob but Joel Lindner remains pretty effective around a tennis court.
In finishing runner-up in yesterday's Ipswich Open men's singles final, top seed Lindner displayed patches of his powerful best.
Unseeded opponent Naoki Takeda won the final 6-3 6-2, showing superior precision on the clay court at George Alder Tennis Centre.
For Lindner, it was a great workout having not played tournaments for several months.
"In my second match for the day, he was too fit for me," Lindner said. "He (Takeda) is a good little player."
Despite running out of steam, Brisbane-based Lindner enjoyed his two weekends of matches in Ipswich.
"It's a great little tournament," said the left-handed player who stands 192cm tall.
Although his dad was a Queensland State of Origin great, Joel has carved out a successful career in tennis, playing overseas for five years. He made a number of semi-finals in Futures tournaments while "living out of a suitcase".
He now wants to start a coaching career after completing his studies.
"Hopefully I can work for Tennis Australia one day and help the kids coming through," Lindner, 23, said.
As for his dad who played 25 Tests and represented Queensland 25 times, Joel played rugby league when he was younger before deciding tennis was his sport.
"Tennis kind of took over," he said. "I made the Australian team and won a couple of national titles and I just went from there."
The Ipswich Open women's singles was also won by an unseeded player. Brisbane-based Lisette Cabrera beat second seed Ebony Panoho 6-0-6-1 yesterday.
It was 14-year-old Cabrera's first Ipswich Open title, having played in the Optus national tournaments at Leichhardt earlier in the year.
"I was really happy with the way I played," she said.
Cabrera is hoping to bolster her tennis standing in Europe later this year.
"I've just been training hard and playing a lot of tournaments to get experience," she said, benefiting from her time on Ipswich's clay court surfaces.
"I think I was just mentally more tough and I was moving really good.
"I was really positive on court."
Men's final: Naoki Takeda d Joel Lindner (1) 6-3 6-2.
Women's final: Lizette Cabrera d Ebony Panoho (2) 6-0 6-1.