League City’s Timur Esenaliev lived up to his No. 1 seed in the boys 12-and-under singles at the Tyler Winter Challenger 2-Day tennis tournament.

With the tournament victory, Esenaliev earned automatic championship-level status in United States Tennis Association-Texas Section play.

Esenaliev needed four wins in all, beginning with a first-round bye and a 4-0, 4-1 win over Allen’s Noah Hakim in the quarterfinals.

Esenaliev then held on to beat Beaumont’s Rudy Mazzola in the semifinals, 7-6, 4-6, 10-3, before defeating Longview’s Jace Jones in the final, 6-2, 7-5.


Friendswood’s Maria Herrera and League City’s Anamaria Gonzalez both walked away girls doubles winners at the San Antonio Super Championship Level 3 tennis tournament.

Herrera prevailed in the 16s A bracket, winning five rounds with San Antonio partner Alexis Lopez.

Herrera and Lopez, seeded No. 6, started off with an 8-3 first-round win over Austin’s Jaclyn Cockrell and Dallas’ Ashlee Newton.

Herrera and Lopez continued their winning ways with identical 8-6 victories, one an upset, over Sugar Land’s Chloe Ku and Pearland’s Juliana Sierra in the quarterfinals, and Austin’s No. 4-seeded Tiera Jarmond and Caroline Wernli in the semifinals.

Later, in the championship match, Herrera and Lopez pulled off their second straight upset, an 8-2 romp past Houston’s Drew Morris and San Antonio’s Brianna Wilbur, the No. 1 seeds.

As for Gonzalez, she teamed up with Manvel’s Kyler Powe to win the 18s B draw.

Gonzalez and Powe won three rounds, first beating Katy’s Divija Nadella and Spring’s Emma Staker in the quarterfinals, 8-4.

Gonzalez and Powe then upset Montgomery’s Ashley Penshorn and Cypress’ Shalom Victor, the No. 1 seeds, in the semifinals, 8-3.

In the final, Gonzalez and Powe slipped past Katy’s Kathryn Sturgis and Austin’s Swati Yarlagadda 8-6.


League City’s Roshin Kamath advanced to the boys 12s singles A draw quarterfinals of the RBC Wealth Management Houston Tennis Association Super Championship Level 3 tennis tournament.

Kamath won his first two matches in straight sets against Plano’s Kartik Godbole (6-2, 6-2) and Spring’s Jacob Sutton (6-1, 6-0) before upsetting Houston’s No. 5-seeded Easton Horricks in the round of 16, 7-5, 3-6, 10-3.

Kamath then lost a close 4-6, 6-1, 10-0 decision to Plano’s No. 2-seeded Abhinav Chunduru, the eventual runner-up.


Today is the deadline to register for Saturday and Sunday’s third annual Jen Fine Homes Parent-Child Doubles & Junior Singles tennis tournament at Bay Area Racquet Club in Clear Lake City.

A variety of family doubles events, as well as boys and girls 10s singles in both the green- and orange-ball divisions, are being offered.

Entry fees are $38.13 for singles and $66 per doubles team. There is an event limit of one singles and one doubles, or two doubles.

Online registration is available. The tournament identification number is 800009818.

For information, call tournament director Eric Striesfeld at 281-488-7026 or email him at bayarearacquetclub@yahoo.com.


The University of Texas Longhorns Tennis Camp is offering an early bird special through Jan. 31.

Interested parties can take advantage of a $50 discount from the regular overnight camper cost of $805.

Traditional camps are scheduled for the weeks of June 3-8, 10-15 and 17-22. There is also a match camp available June 24-29.

For information, call 512-232-5119 or send an email to longhorntenniscamp@athletics.utexas.edu.


Harry Taylor Tennis Center in Pasadena is hosting its Adult Winter Team Tennis Tournament on Feb. 24-25.

Teams must have a minimum of six players and maximum of 10 players, with at least three men and three women.

Six different playing levels — 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5 and open — are being offered. This is a round-robin event, with each team match consisting of one men’s singles, one men’s doubles, one women’s singles, one women’s doubles and one mixed doubles.

Entry fee is $200 per team. Entry deadline is Feb. 16.

For information, call tournament director John Thomas at 210-535-5683 or email him at jtjohnjr@gmail.com.


Hitting a chip lob is more effective than hitting a topspin lob.

Manuel Moreno Jr.: mmjtenicon@aol.com

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