Friendswood High School’s Joann Karam and Justin Vu drew Dripping Springs’ Sarah and Samuel Brodsky as their first-round opponent at the UIL Class 4A State Championships in Austin.

The mixed doubles teams will face off at 11:30 a.m. Monday at the University of Texas’ Penick-Allison Tennis Center.

Karam and Vu are the reigning District 24 and Region III champs, while the Brodsky’s are the runners-up from Region IV.

Should Karam and Vu win, they would play at 3 p.m. in the semifinals against Dallas Highland Park or Wichita Falls Rider.

The championship will be 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Double trouble

Friendswood’s Imran Siddiqi was a two-time winner at the Clear Lake Junior Open tennis tournament at Clear Lake High School.

Siddiqi won the boys’ 16-and-younger singles title and teamed up with League City’s Brian Martin to win the 18s doubles.

In singles, Siddiqi lived up to his No. 1 billing with five wins, including a finals victory over Martin, the No. 2 seed.

Siddiqi, after receiving a first-round bye, proceeded to win his next three matches in straight sets.

Martin finished with four wins, but needed three sets to finally knock off the No. 3 seed in the semifinals, 6-2, 5-7, 10-4.

In doubles, Martin and Siddiqi won twice in round-robin play, beating a pair of teams from Houston by identical 8-3 scores.

Forever young

Bacliff’s Susan Martin placed second in the women’s 65-and-older singles at the Houston Tennis Association’s Houston Open.

Martin went 2-1 in round-robin matchups, winning 6-1, 6-0 and 6-0, 6-0 before dropping a 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 marathon in the third-round championship match.

Tip of the day

When receiving in doubles, you can take charge of the net with a lob return over your opponent’s net player then move in.

Remember, in doubles, you better your chances of winning playing at the net.

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Manuel Moreno Jr. is head tennis coach at J. Frank Dobie High School and Texas Tennis Coaches Association’s Class 5A Coach of the Year for 2005. Email him at mmjtenicon@aol.com.

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