League City’s Timur and Arthur Esenaliev were a pair of busy and productive siblings, each walking away with tournament titles.
Timur Esenaliev won the boys 12- and-under singles at the Tyler Winter Challenger 2-Day tennis tournament, earning himself automatic championship-level status in United States Tennis Association-Texas Section play.
Then at the Beaumont Tennis Academy Adult & Junior Open, the two faced off in the final, with Arthur Esenaliev prevailing in a nail-biter, 6-4, 1-6, 11-9.
MEETING THE CHALLENGE
At the Tyler tournament, Timur Esenaliev lived up to his No. 1 seed with four wins, including a 6-2, 7-5 finals victory over Longview’s Jace Jones, who earlier had upset No. 2-seeded Arthur Esenaliev in the semifinals, 6-4, 6-4.
Timur Esenaliev first drew a bye, then followed with a 4-0, 4-1 romp past Allen’s Noah Hakim in the quarterfinals.
Later, in the semifinals, Timur Esenaliev needed three sets to finally put away Beaumont’s Rudy Mazzola 7-6, 4-6, 10-3.
As for Arthur Esenaliev, he advanced to the semis with a bye and a 4-2, 1-4, 10-1 quarterfinal win over Frisco’s Aditya Arun.
In Beaumont, Arthur Esenaliev was again seeded No. 2, winning the tournament with three straight victories.
Before upsetting Timur Esenaliev, the No. 1 seed, Arthur Esenaliev received a bye, then eased past Beaumont’s Joackim Silva in the semifinals, 6-1, 6-1.
WHO’S YOUR KING DADDY?
League City’s Katiana Gonzalez grabbed runner-up honors in the girls 10s singles green-ball division at the King Daddy Texas 10-and-under Championships in Houston.
Gonzalez won three rounds before losing to Houston’s Laila Nguyen in the final, 4-3, 4-3.
Gonzalez breezed to the championship round, following a bye with two consecutive straight-set victories, beating Pearland’s Manasi Kota in the quarterfinals, 4-0, 4-0, and Humble’s Naomi Osibajo in the semifinals, 4-1, 4-1.
HAVING A BLAST
Ball High advanced to the championship round of the 2nd annual “Having a Wilson Blast!” Freshmen-Junior Varsity tennis tournament before losing to tournament host Pasadena Dobie No. 1, 30-7.
At the same time, Texas City was finishing fourth overall, losing to Dobie No. 2 in the third-place match, 24-18.
Dickinson won the fifth-place match, beating Santa Fe 30-5.
The Tors won their pool with a 3-0 record, defeating Dobie No. 2 (30-8), Pasadena Memorial (25-11) and Santa Fe (30-4).
In the final against Dobie No. 1, Ball High’s Jedeliu Moreno and Jimena Sanchez lost a hard-fought 6-3 decision to Taylor Tran and Jessica Vu at line 3.
Also playing well for the Tors were the teams of Joel Gutierrez/Mark McNatt at line 1, Anthony Catanzaro/Dario Ramirez at line 2, Saul Duran/Flavio Ramos at line 4, and Jayden Lynn/Luis Ayala at line 5.
Against Dobie No. 2, Texas City’s Bianca Jimenez and Erica Moya soared to a 6-1 win past Samantha Velasquez and A’miya Walls at line 3.
Dropping a heartbreaking 6-5 (8-6) matchup at line 1 was the Stings’ team of Rustin Hara and Luis Windum.
Against Santa Fe, the Gators were led by the winning teams of No. 1 Caleb Quiballo/Reese Ragland, No. 2 Marissa Rivera/Cazzel Turnley, No. 3 Haley Craton/Luna Simon, No. 4 Angel Bustas/Maia Tottenham and No. 5 Nyla Doronila/Dayanara Rangel.
TIME’S RUNNING OUT
Wednesday is the last day to take advantage of a $50 early bird special discount to the University of Texas’ Longhorns Tennis Camp in June.
The regular cost is $805.
Dates available for the traditional camps are June 3-8, 10-15 and 17-22. There is also a match play camp scheduled for June 24-29.
To register or for information, call 512-232-5119 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
TIP OF THE DAY
In doubles, find your opponents’ feet, not their heads.
You want them to hit their next shot up for an easy put-away.