The WA State Tennis league fixtures resumed this weekend with only a partial number of matches scheduled, given the number of players away at the Australian Open finals.
Delivering his 20th Grand Slam win, Roger Federer’s impact on the game and inspiration to tennis lovers and upcoming juniors has been remarkable.
Although a long way from Melbourne, Round 9 delivered some tight matches and with five rounds to go to the finals, these early results will determine Final Four standings.
In the men’s, Dalkeith hosted Hensman Park on hard court for a tight encounter despite teams being at different ends of the table.
Hensman won all six rubbers but not before Dylan McKloskey pushed Hensman’s number one Zack Itzstein to go down in 6-7, 4-6; Ollie Henderson went down 7-5, 4-6, 6-7 to James Studdart and Matt Rosso 6-2, 4-6, 5-7 to Josh Nelson.
Itzstein, who is a regular on the Futures tour and has been as high as 898 on the ATP world ranking, teamed with Nelson to win the doubles and secure Hensman’s seventh win.
The strong Cottesloe team led by Andrew Roberts beat Bayswater on grass five rubbers to one with Roberts and Joel Pleydell both winning in straight sets.
Bayswater’s Adam Howard proved difficult with a 6-3 6-4 win over Mitch Pleydell.
The battle of the juniors was won by Cottesloe’s Will Hann, who just returned from the Australian Open junior boys doubles to win 6-4, 6-7, 6-1 over Nikola Dotlic; Cottesloe won both doubles.
Peppermint Grove were away to Royal Kings Park and were looking for their first win of the season. PGTC fought hard to go down four rubbers- nine sets- 71 games to 2-4-44.
The highlight was the encounter between Vuk Velickovic winning 7-6, 6-4, 6-4 over Jake Robinson on grass. RKPTC were too strong in winning the other three singles in straight sets.
League leaders, Mosman Park had easily defeated Mt Lawley Tennis Club in a Round 9 match played before the break.
In the only women’s match played, Blue Gum, led by Marisa Gianotti, had a one sided win five rubbers, 10 sets, 67 win over North Beach 1-2-34. Gianotti and BGTC teammates Hannah Innes and Sally Partington all delivered straight-sets wins.
NBTC’s Kayleigh Nicholas was the only winner 6-3, 6-3 over Sheridan Currie. Katie O’Shea joined Currie in the doubles to reverse the result 6-0, 7-5 over Nicholas and Sarah Du Plessis.
The other two women’s matches between Hensman and Kings Park and City Beach and Cottesloe are scheduled for February 16 to coincide when the $25,000 Perth International women’s event, which is part of the Australian Pro Tour and held at the State Tennis Centre.
Given the sheer quality of what might have been the best women’s singles final ever at the Australian Open between Wozniaki and Halep, the Pro Tour is an important spring board for emerging touring women players and a number of WA women will feature.