The Perth Tennis International #2 main draw got underway on Tuesday, 20 February 2018, with a total of eight Aussies amongst the list. Crowds were treated to a 2 hour and 40 minute first round match between Jessica Moore (WA) and Mayo Hibi (JPN) . Moore’s topspin groundstrokes were a delight to watch but ultimately Hibi proved too strong on the defensive returns, defeating Moore 6-4 7-6(7).
Qualifier Olivia Tjandramulia (QLD) was forced into errors from the top seed Eri Hozumi (JPN), losing 6-2 6-0. Meanwhile Perth local Maddison Inglis looked confident against Swiss teenager Lulu Sun with a 6-2 6-0 victory.
Round two saw Maddison Inglis (WA) and Jaimee Fourlis (VIC) flying the Australian flag. Inglis returned to the court with force, breaking Jaqueline Cristian (ROU)  in her first service game. As the players traded service breaks, Inglis held to take the first set 6-3. The second set was a carbon copy of the first, but with Cristian holding to take the set 7-5. The rallies were intense throughout the match, taking a toll on Inglis. Her courage was admirable but not enough, and she fell to Cristian 6-3 7-5 6-2.
Great Britain’s Gabriella Taylor eliminated top seed Eri Hozumi (JPN) 6-3 6-3.
As for Jaimee Fourlis she was superior with court coverage and power from the baseline, cruising past fellow qualifier Risa Ushijima (JPN) 6-2 6-3.
“This year is all about getting matches and learning for me, so it’s been a really good start so far. I can’t wait for the rest of the year” said Jaimee Fourlis.
In the quaterfinals Gabriella Taylor (GBR) continued to be the seed slayer, beating Tereza Mrdeza (CRO)  to advance to the semi-finals 6-4 6-3.
Jaqueline Adina Cristian (ROU)  took almost 3 hours to defeat Katy Dunne (GBR) 6-7(5) 6-3 7-6(4). Dunne eventually became unwell in the third set and unable to find the strength to win the deciding tie-break.
Jamiee Fourlis (VIC) was looking to avenge her loss from the previous week to Perth Tennis International #1 champion Irina Khromacheva (RUS) , and found herself making easy shots from the start of the match. Khromacheva looked drained and retired 0-5 suffering from a virus.
The semi-finals were intensely competitive and occasionally dramatic with Gabriella Taylor (GBR) powering through to defeat Jaqueline Adina Cristian (ROU)  6-2 7-5.
With Jaimee Fourlis (VIC) the last remaining Australian, she struggled to find the corners. Myrtille Georges (FRA)  capitalised on her errors with 7-5 6-1 win.
On Sunday, 25 February 2018, unseeded Gabriella Taylor (GBR) claimed her second Australian Pro Tour title for the month, winning the Perth Tennis International #2. The teenager backed up her title in Launceston, defeating Myrtille Georges (FRA) 6-2 7-5.
“The past few weeks have given me a lot of confidence. It’s been a good run,” Taylor said. “I was out for a couple of months but I’ve started with a new team now and we’ve really clicked together. I’ve been working really hard and focusing on my game and the things I need to improve. If the results come that’s a bonus.”
West Australian Jessica Moore (WA) delighted the home crowd by capturing the Perth Tennis International #2 doubles title with partner Olivia Tjandramulia (QLD), making it consecutive victories after claiming the Perth Tennis International #1 with partner Ellen Perez the previous week. Moore and Tjandramulia defeated Alison Bai (AUS)  and Jia-Jing LU (CHN) 7-5 6-7(8) [11-9].
Read all the highlights from the Perth Tennis International #1 here.