WITH one round to go in the 2018 State League tennis, the final four is settled in both the men’s and women’s comeptitions.
In the women’s match of the round, Royal Kings Park Tennis Club (RKPTC) who has led the competition all season stamped their authority in an impressive win over full strength contenders Cottesloe.
RKPTC’s unbeaten No. 1 Bojana Bobusic finally faced Cottesloe and Federation Cup Captain Alicia Molik in the much anticipated match up.
In a first set of service breaks and great returning by Bobusic, Molik won the first 6-4 however Bobusic turned the match around to win 4-6 6-1 6-2.
Cottesloe’s Maddison Inglis evened the tie and carried her recent good form in the Perth Pro Tour to beat Janelle Cuthbertson 6-4 6-1.
RKPTC went on to win four rubbers to two.
Blue Gum Park was hoping to hang on to second spot but dropped its must win match against City Beach three rubbers, seven sets, 58 games to 3-7-52.
Although only six games separated the teams, Blue Gum’s Katie O’Shea’s retirement from her singles and doubles made the difference.
Blue Gum will be hoping she recovers from a nagging illness in time for the finals.
RKPTC now sits on 224 points, well clear of Cottesloe on 160, Blue Gum is on 130 and City Beach on 115 to make up the four with Kings Park and Cottesloe expected to win next week to host their respective semi finals.
In the men’s State League, Cottesloe consolidated its spot on top with a five rubbers to one win over Dalkeith who couldn’t carry their recent good form.
The standout win for Dalkeith was Ollie Henderson against Andrew Roberts in a tight three-setter.
Cottesloe is developing a strong junior policy with juniors Tristan Sckoolkate and Will Hann both winning their matches.
League contender and last year’s runner up Mosman Park Tennis Club (MPTC) lost its second match in a row with a 2-4 rubber loss against a new look Peppermint Grove Tennis Club (PGTC).
Frank Moser, a German doubles specialist who beat the Bryan brothers at the 2011 US Open, fronted the PGTC team to beat Brenton Bacon in three sets.
MPTC’s Alex Downey and Sam De Andrade evened the score.
PGTC secured a great win by taking both doubles.
In a surprising upset, last year’s winners Hensman Park Tennis Club (HPTC) went down to Bayswater who played touring pro Gavin Van Peperzeel against Zach Itzstein for a tight 6-3 6-7 6-2 win.
Adam Howard, who has been part of a number of spirited matches this year, let his racket do the talking to beat HPTC’s Marco Comuzzo in straight sets.
Van Peperzeel and Georgie Perez teamed up to secure the four rubbers to two win with a 3-6 6-4 10-3 win over Itzstein and Josh Nelson.