State League Tennis: Cottesloe’s Inglis taking rise in her stride

Cottesloe tennis player Maddison Inglis.
Cottesloe tennis player Maddison Inglis.

FROM her Hopman Cup debut in January to playing State League No.1 for Cottesloe, Perth’s own Maddison Inglis is taking everything in her stride as her tennis career continues to blossom.

Inglis (20) stepped up to replace Cottesloe’s Alicia Molik who was doing Federation Cup duties in Canberra against Ukraine, and she turned on the magic with a 6-1 6-1 straight sets win on grass for Cottesloe over Skye Royall.

Cottesloe didn’t have it all their own way with Hensman’s Hayley Burton and Rachel Mellor levelling the rubbers and doubles were split with Cottesloe holding on for a three rubbers all, two sets win.

Inglis said it was the best experience when she was called up as a last minute replacement for Naomi Osaka in the 2018 Hopman Cup where she pushed world No.17 Coco Vandeweghe.

Later in the tournament she replaced Canadian Eugenie Bouchard in the mixed double match against Belgium.

Inglis, who has been as high as 555 in WTA rankings, has been granted a direct entry into the Pro Tour International event, which is being held at the State Tennis Centre this week with two women’s State League matches scheduled for Friday night, February 16 at 5pm to coincide with the Pro Tour doubles final.

In other women’s matches, the North Beach Tennis Club (NBTC) derby against City Beach was a close one with NBTC getting up three rubbers all, seven sets to six.

US college player Genevieve McCloskey added firepower at number two for NBTC with straight sets wins in both her singles and doubles.

The match of the round was Royal Kings Park Tennis Club (RKPTC), who have a lock on top spot, continuing their run with the return of unbeaten No.1 Bojana Bobusic who beat Hannah Innes 6-1 6-1 as part of a 4-9-76 to 2-5-55 win.

Blue Gum Tennis Club’s (BGTC) Katy O’Shea dug deep to keep BGTC in the match with a hard fought 1-6 7-5 7-6 win over Nina Catovic.

In a week John Peers was a finalist at the 2017 WA Sports Stars award, his Mosman Park team rallied from last week to get past Bayswater.

Injuries cost Bayswater two rubbers in its 2-4 loss.

Up the coast, Peppermint Grove hosted league leaders Cottesloe on grass.

A high quality win by Tristan Schoolkate over Vuk Velickovic 6-3 7-6 set the tone.

The Pleydell brothers delivered for Cottesloe with Joel winning 6-3 6-3 against Brendan Malarkey and Mitch, back from shoulder surgery, had a straight sets win over Chris Moore.

Royal Kings Park hosted Dalkeith and had a thumping five rubbers, nine sets to one rubber, three sets win.

RKPTC’s Jake Robinson played James Tallman, an awkward but effective right hand server, left hand groundstroker and former college player from the University of San Francisco.

It was Tallman’s first ever match on grass.

Dalkeith’s Ollie Henderson was their sole winner over Darren Slater.

Mt Lawley, who has surprised a few teams this year, has now lost touch with the final four, with a two rubbers to four loss against a full strength Hensman Park team led by Zach Itzstein.

Itzstein had a lop sided 6-2 6-1 win against Sam Galati and was joined by Rhys Johnson in the doubles.

Junior Matt de Groot was Mt Lawley’s only singles winner over James Stoddart and he then partnered Galati in a 11-9 third set tie-breaker win in the doubles.

This week, league leaders Cottesloe host Hensman Park on grass in the pick of the round 12 matches.

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