Tennis: Dalkeith causes big upset with win over Mosman Park

Dalkeith's James Tallman.
Dalkeith's James Tallman.

LAST week we reported on rising Perth star Maddison Inglis.

With the first of the two Perth ITF $25,000 Pro Tours completed, Inglis proved she is magic indeed with a tremendous semi-final result in the singles, losing to eventual winner Irena Khromacheava 0-6 4-6.

Fellow Aussie girls Jaimee Fourlis, Ellen Perez and Kimberly Birrell who won singles matches.

Inglis backed it up with a semi-final in the doubles, losing to winners WA’s Jessica Moore and Ellen Perez.

The second of the Pro Tours starts this week at the State Tennis Centre in Burswood.

In the men’s State League, both leading teams stumbled.

In the biggest upset of the season, 7th ranked Dalkeith Tennis Club (DTC) delivered a brilliant 5-1 win at home against Mosman Park Tennis Club (MPTC) on hard courts.

Dalkeith’s No. 1 James Tallman, a former University of San Francisco college player, outplayed the talented and wily left hander Brenton Bacon 7-5 4-6 7-5 in a high class display in hot weather and with singles wins by DTC’s Dylan McCloskey over Alex Downey and Ollie Henderson over Chris Watson, MPTC was in big trouble.

DTC captain Josiah Tyson, returning from injury, played the doubles and DTC went on to win both in straight sets to record their best win.

On grass at home, with some of the best grass court tennis seen this year, League leaders Cottesloe Tennis Club (CTC) went down to Hensman Park.

Despite a full team, CTC’s Tristan Schoolkate lost 2-6 6-7 to Henman’s Zach Itzstein and National Academy coach Andrew Roberts lost to former college player Rhys Johnson 6-7 2-6.

Cottesloe’s Joel Pleydell steadied with a three-set win over Cameron Fenner and that one set proved the difference.

CTC junior Will Hann evened the rubbers 2-2 with a fine win over Marco Comuzzo.

The clubs split the doubles and Hensman won by a set, three rubbers all and jumped over Mosman Park on the ladder.

If this wasn’t enough for one weekend, cellar dweller Peppermint Grove Tennis Club (PGTC) grabbed their first win of the year over Mt Lawley Tennis Club (MLTC).

Vuk Velickovic and Josh Spring got PGTC away to a good start only to have MLTC’s Evan Manso record a great win over Brendan Malarkey and Matt De Groot over Josh Bowen.

Split at two rubbers each, Peppermint Grove won both doubles in straight sets to celebrate their maiden win.

In the women’s, Royal Kings Park Tennis Club (RKPTC) dominated City Beach Tennis Club (CBTC) with five rubbers, 10 sets, 68 games to 1-2-38.

RKPTC’s Bojana Bobusic remains undefeated dropping only six games in her four singles and doubles sets.

CBTC’s Natasha Pawlowski was the only winner for the western suburbs team winning 7-5 6-2.

RKPTC won both doubles and are flag favourites but as this week’s results showed, upsets are expected at this level.

Two rounds to go and local tennis fans are reminded that round 13 kicks off this Friday night at 5pm with food and refreshments at Peppermint Grove as they host Dalkeith.

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