League City’s Kelly Ward advanced to today’s men’s 50-and-over singles championship match at the Mabry Adult Open and Senior & Super Senior Major Zone tennis tournament in San Antonio.
Ward, the No. 1 seed, has won three rounds so far, including a 6-3, 6-2 semifinals victory over Boerne’s Richard Schluter on Saturday.
Ward next will face San Antonio’s No. 2-seeded Scott Works at 9 a.m. at McFarlin Tennis Center.
Ward reached the semis without even swinging a racquet, receiving a first-round bye before receiving an injury default win over Austin’s Velton Tankersley in the quarterfinals.
Meanwhile, longtime League City resident Gideon Weber, who now lives in Magnolia, lost in the semifinals of the men’s 80s singles.
On Saturday, Weber dropped a 6-1, 6-1 decision to Austin’s No. 1-seeded Douglas Kerin.
Bayou Vista’s Eddie Janek Jr. and Dickinson’s Eric Storey both walked away singles champions at the Tennis Professional International Hardcourt Classic tournament in Missouri City.
Janek won the men’s 60s title, while Storey did likewise in the men’s 3.5 event.
Janek was a perfect 2-0 in round-robin play, beating Katy’s Michael Stein in round one, 6-3, 6-2, and Houston’s Eddie Fortune in round two, 6-2, 6-3.
Storey, seeded No. 2, was a three-time winner, eventually defeating Houston’s Ralph Shamas in the semifinals, 6-4, 7-5, and Porter’s John Eklund in the final, 6-2, 6-4.
Friendswood’s Hugh Burris advanced to the quarterfinals of the United States Tennis Association National Men’s 70 & 75 Indoor Championships in Houston.
Burris, seeded No. 8 in the men’s 70s singles, drew a bye, then defeated Houston’s Peter Silverstein in the second round, 6-0, 6-4.
But in the quarters, Burris lost to No. 5-seeded Richard Johnson of Ballwin, Mo., 6-1, 6-4.
Burris also reached the men’s 70s doubles quarterfinals with Corpus Christi’s Charles Marold.
The No. 5 seeds followed a bye with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Stephen Duffel of Little Rock, Ark., and Cypress’ William Glaves in the second round.
Burris and Marold then faced the No. 1 seeds, Brian Cheney of Chandler, Ariz., and Jimmy Parker of Santa Fe, N.M., with the latter prevailing 6-0, 6-0.
Today or else
Registration deadline for the Bay Area Racquet Club March Junior Open tennis tournament on March 25-26 is 11:59 p.m. today.
A variety of singles and doubles events are being offered, including co-ed 10-and-under doubles.
There is an event limit of one singles and one doubles.
Online registration is available. The tournament identification number is 800010617.
For information, call tournament director Eric Striesfeld at 281-488-7026.
Eight schools will meet in Galveston on Thursday for the annual Peter Andrew Sunseri Memorial Team Tennis Tournament.
Former O’Connell High School great Bobby Kleinecke is bringing his new team, Bryan Rudder, to his hometown to compete with city host Ball High, Alief’s Elsik, Hastings and Taylor, Freeport Brazosport, Santa Fe and defending champion Houston St. John’s.
Pasadena Dobie, despite sitting out this year’s tournament, is playing co-host with the City of Galveston Parks & Recreation Department.
Sunseri played for both O’Connell and Ball, but was killed by a drunken driver at the young age of 16 in 1986. The tournament is held each year in his memory.
Speaking of local high school tournaments, both Clear Creek and Clear Springs are gearing up for their annual Kemah Boardwalk Invitational on Friday and Saturday, a 32-team get-together.
Then, the following weekend, March 31-April 1, Dobie and the city of Galveston will team up once more for the 30th annual Beachcomber Tennis Classic, which has attracted 39 schools in all, a big chunk coming from the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
Locals competing in the Beachcomber will be Ball, Texas City, La Marque, Dickinson, Friendswood and Clear Springs, the latter featuring last year’s state qualifiers in girls doubles, Aava Azad and Melody Duong, the event’s probable No. 1 seeds.
Tip of the day
For an effective serve, have good hip turn.