Annaleise Tepper who won the women’s final of the Warrnambool Lawn Tennis Club Open.THESE sisters were doing it for each other yesterday.
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For the first time, Anneliese and Philippa Tepper clashed with each other in a final at a tournament.

While the Torquay pair admitted it was awkward, it was also rewarding that they were both able to reach the last hurdle at the Warrnambool Lawn Tennis Club Open.

“We both just want each other to do the best that they can,” Anneliese said.

The 21-year-old kept her perfect record against her younger sister intact, winning yesterday’s women’s final 6-4 6-3.

But the determined Philippa made sure the victory didn’t come easy for her sibling.

Her competitiveness could be attributed to the duo being training partners, hitting their artificial court at home for four hours each day for matchplay against each other.

It meant that they were able to predict each other’s shots in yesterday’s final.

“She’s really good at it,” Anneliese said of her sister’s perception.

“She always goes to where I’m going to put it and always gets back that extra shot.”

Yesterday was the closest that fourth-seed Philippa, 17, had come to her sibling, capping off an exceptional tournament for the younger Tepper.

“I was playing pretty well and had solid groundstrokes for most of the tournament,” she said.

Top seed Anneliese was quick to praise Philippa, highlighting her stellar semi-final performance yesterday morning, in which she rolled Imke Barnard 6-1 6-0. Anneliese’s semi-final win was also encouraging but not as convincing.

She had to come from behind to defeat defending champion Carolyn McGann 6-1 3-6 6-4.

“I fought it out well, especially this morning, which was quite a difficult match,” she said.

“I came back from being down in the third. Of course any match that goes for two-and-a-half hours is going to take it out of you but I’m in as good as condition as I’ve ever been.

“I’ve really been working on my fitness.”

When the sisters found out they would be playing against each other in the final, it was business as usual.

“After we both won, we had to go back and pack up where we were camping,” Anneliese said. “We just talked like we normally would.”

The pair will travel to Queensland next weekend for an International Tennis Federation tournament.

“We’ll play in the qualifying and hopefully we’ll go through to the main draw,” Anneliese said.

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