ROUND 5 of the women’s State League tennis included Australian Federation Cup captain Alicia Molik leading Cottesloe in a one-sided 6-0 replay of last year’s final against Blue Gum.
Played on grass in front of an appreciative home crowd, Molik was magical with aggressive sliced backhands and net play to beat an out of form Katy O’Shea 6-0, 6-1.
Cottesloe’s Maddison Inglis, Brenda Plint and Lexie Weir then all won their singles.
Blue Gum retired from the final doubles.
Royal Kings Park (RKPTC) remain undefeated and is well clear on top of the league with a six rubbers, 12 sets, 73 games win over North Beach 0-0-22.
RKPTC’s Bojana Bobusic recorded another easy 6-2, 6-0 over Crystal Mildwaters to lead the thumping win.
City Beach jumped in to the four with a 5-1 win at home on grass over Hensman Park.
Skye Royall was Hensman’s only winner 6-4, 6-1 over Lara Vujasinovic.
In the men’s State League, Bayswater led by touring pro Gavin Van Peperzeel travelled to Dalkeith.
Bayswater won its first match of the season 4-2 but not before Dalkeith’s undefeated number two Dylan McCloskey beat Adam Howard in a volatile three-set battle and Christian Harding beat Jake Hawthorne 6-4, 6-0.
Hensman Park hung on in a rollercoaster encounter against Peppermint Grove.
Singles matches were split at two rubbers each however if Peppermint Grove’s Brendan Malarkey had not retired injured at 5-5, the result might have been very different.
Hensman secured the win with Marco Comuzzo and Josh Nelson winning 2-6, 6-4, 16-14 in a cliff-hanger tiebreak.
In other matches, Cottesloe continued their good form with a 6-0 win over Mt Lawley with all matches won in straight sets.
In a nail biter, Mosman Park (MPTC) let an outright win slip away against Kings Park having been up three rubbers to one after the singles, with wins to MPTC’s Bacon, Bechard and Downey.
However, MPTC lost the first doubles and were down in the second match, before poor light forced a draw.
With three matches to go before the long break, the pick of the matches next week will be RKPTC women hosting Blue Gum Park and Cottesloe hosting Peppermint Grove in the men’s.