IN a weekend of one-sided matches, Cottesloe fielded its full-strength team to dominate City Beach 6-0 in round four of the women’s State League tennis competition.
It was Cottesloe’s first outright win led by Alicia Molik, Australia’s Federation Cup captain, who was well-supported by touring national academy player Maddison Inglis, Teiwa Casey and Lexie Weir to send a loud message to league leaders Royal Kings Park.
Kings Park, which is undefeated this year, fired back a volley of its own with a 6-0 win over Hensman Park (HPTC), while Blue Gum defeated North Beach 6-0.
In the men’s State League, Hensman delivered a 5-1 win over an injured Dalkeith (DTC) but not before DTC’s Dylan McKloskey, a former US college player, won a gutsy come-from-behind three-hour epic against the experienced Cameron Fenner 6-7 6-3 6-4.
Easy wins by HPTC’s James Stuttard over Ollie Henderson and Marco Comuzzo over Matt Rosso delivered the win.
Christian Harding made his debut for DTC in the doubles.
DTC’s Josiah Tyson was forced out with a severe foot injury with a must-win match against Bayswater looming next week.
League leaders Cottesloe remain undefeated with a 5-1 win away at Bayswater.
An enthusiastic Bayswater captain Adam Howard caused an upset over top junior Tristan Schoolkate 6-4 7-6, who has had some great wins this year.
Mosman Park bounced back from last week’s loss against Cottesloe with another one-sided 6-0 rubbers, 12 sets to two win over Mt Lawley at home on hard court.
Mt Lawley’s Sam Galati showed the most resistance, going down in three sets in both his singles against Dom Bechard and doubles.
The pick of the matches next week will be Kings Park men hosting Mosman Park on grass and Cottesloe hosting Blue Gum in a replay of last year’s final.