David turns it around to win his successive Open
SQUASH: The star continues to rise for David Turner.
The 17-year-old upstaged older opponent Carl Tiplady to win the Gladstone Squash Open on Saturday in a thrilling five-set final.
It was his second consecutive Open win.
The youngster needed all of his character when Tiplady won consecutive sets for a 2-1 lead heading into the fourth set.
"It was a tough five setter and was made to work hard,” Turner said.
It seemed that Turner had learned the lessons from previous matches against Tiplady who had held an ascendency.
Tiplady had rekindled that dominance in sets two and three and this had Turner annoyed.
"I was a bit frustrated, but had regained composure in the final two sets,” Turner said.
"I had won the first set pretty easily, but then lost focus and he won the next two sets.”
Turner said that he had the perfect preparation for the final.
"I played four matches and beat Trevor Lachlan in the semi-final which was another five set match,” Turner said.
"It had me ready for the final and it was a big day.”
The weekend tops off a huge week for Turner who represented both Australia and Queensland in the Australian Schools Championships held recently.
Turner was part of the Queensland side which beat New South Wales.
"I was captain of Queensland which was great and we beat New South Wales for something like the fourth or fifth year in a row,” he said.
Turner was also selected in the Australian under-19 Schoolboys team which played a one-off test against New Zealand.
"Our team was made up of five males and five females and we lost, but only just to New Zealand,” he added.
Turner's attention will now turn to his year 12 studies before his next assignment on the court.
"Next for me after a break will be the Brisbane Open at the end of September which will be tough,” he said.
Sue Davis took out the women's final with a three-set win against Letitia Grinter.