Molik shines on grass
BRILLIANT tennis by one of WA’S finest, Alicia Molik, helped Cottesloe win the 2017 women’s State League tennis final against Blue Gum on grass on Saturday.
In one of the best finals ever, the former world number eight was pushed to the brink by a rampant Katy O’shea.
Molik was down 2-5 in the first set, clawed back and then was again in trouble down 1-4 in the tiebreak but drew on her international experience to steady and deliver Cottesloe the 7-6 6-1 win.
This followed a pulsating win by Teiwa Casey 6-3 3-6 6-4 over Blue Gum’s Marisa Gianotti.
Casey was also 1-4 down in the third set and dug deep in a long rally that electrified the 150-plus crowd that was totally absorbed in the contest.
The atmosphere was tight and every match was a struggle as Cottesloe’s Lexie Weir went down 5-7 6-3 2-6 to Sheridan Currie and the teams went into the deciding doubles tied on two rubbers, five sets each.
Molik then teamed with Casey to win the doubles in straight sets to carry Cottesloe to an emotional win.
Also south of the river, another western suburbs team Mosman Park took on Hensman Park in the men’s State League final that failed to live up to the expectations set when they last met in round 11.
Hensman, missing Rhys Johnson, reshuffled their team and wins by Zach Itzstein over Brenton Bacon 6-3 6-1 and Cameron Fenner over Mosman Park’s Sam Alexander 6-4 6-3 set up an unassailable lead.
The battle of the number one’s didn’t eventuate as world number 191 Brydan Klein for Mosman Park was untroubled by Hensman’s James Connolly.
Cottesloe beat Blue Gum in the women’s State League tennis final.