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.
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.
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.