Lauren Nikoloski will be looking to turn her form around as Cottesloe chase an all-important early summer tie victory over Alexander Park in their heavyweight Tennis West State League match-up on Saturday.
Nikoloski, 18, is one of the rising stars in the WA scene but has suffered two narrow early-season losses to in-form players Lily Fairclough (Hensman Park) and Talia Gibson (Peppermint Grove) to open her season.
The hard-hitting baseline star will have her work cut out for her again when she takes on Alexander Park’s Sheridan Currie, who is known for her all-court game, particularly her serve and volley.
Currie, who graduated from the Sam Houston State University in Texas, has plenty of experience having won multiple state titles over her journey, which includes stints at City Beach as well as Blue Gum Park.
“Sheridan is a really strong player and is well-renowned, so it’ll be a good match and a good opportunity for me to learn about my game,” Nikoloski said.
“I’ve just graduated from high school recently and I wasn’t playing a lot while studying. But now I’m coaching at Dalkeith alongside John Thorpe, so I’ve got more exposure to tennis and I’m looking to develop my game a lot more.
“I just have to utilise my strengths in the match. I’m good with my competitiveness and committing to every ball. So I’ve just got to not let her in the game too early and take advantage of that.”
While Currie might start as the underdog in her match-up, teammate Peyton Duckett is the strong favourite when she battles Xinyi Zheng.
Duckett, who was recruited from East Fremantle in the off-season, has started the season with two wins and two losses and will be looking to push her opponent in a battle of hard baseline hitters.