League City’s Isabella Benson won the co-ed 10-and-under orange-ball singles division at the Bay Area Racquet Club Adult & Junior Open tennis tournament in Clear Lake City.

At the same time, League City’s Nasir Abbasi and Clark Crookston teamed up to take the men’s open doubles title.

Nearby, Friendswood’s Alan Ngo and Max Pearson were finishing second in their respective boys singles events.

SOLID GOLD

Benson went 2-0 in her round-robin draw, opening with a 4-0, 4-1 win over Houston’s Ahed Abukmail in round one.

Benson later completed the sweep with an uncontested win against League City’s Samantha Striesfeld in round three.

As for Abbasi and Crookston, the two were also two-for-two winners in round-robin play, beginning with an 8-6 squeaker past Seabrook’s Jackson and Mark Caldwell in round one.

Then, in round three, Abbasi and Crookston, the No. 1 seeds, defeated Baytown’s Carson Champagne and Houston’s Mark Vinson 8-4.

STERLING SILVER

Ngo won two rounds in the boys 18s before losing to The Woodlands’ No. 2-seeded Sanjay Radhakrishnan in the championship match, 6-2, 6-3.

Ngo, seeded No. 1, first drew a bye, then beat Friendswood’s Rohan Sunkureddi in the semifinals, 6-2, 6-3.

Sunkureddi advanced to the final four with a 6-0, 6-2 romp past Houston’s Jonathan Lu in the quarterfinals.

Pearson, meanwhile, needed three wins to reach his final in the boys 18s, eventually losing a three-set heartbreaker to Houston’s No. 2-seeded Michael Barsky 7-6 (7-1), 2-6, 10-5.

Pearson, also seeded No. 1, received a bye and followed with a thrilling 4-6, 6-4, 11-9 comeback in the quarterfinals against Sugar Land’s Mythreyan Ganesh, a 6-3, 6-0 winner over Abbasi in the first round.

Later, in the semifinals, Pearson eased past Houston’s Drew Shuvalov 4-0, 4-1.

STILL HANGING ON

League City’s Roshin Kamath won two rounds on Saturday to advance to the boys 12s singles A division round of 16 at the RBC Wealth Management Houston Tennis Association Houston Super Champ Level 3 tournament.

Kamath, seeded No. 15, first beat Plano’s Kartik Godbole 6-2, 6-2, then had little problems putting away Spring’s Jacob Sutton in the second round, 6-1, 6-0.

Kamath now challenges Houston’s No. 5-seeded Easton Horricks at 8 a.m. today at Missouri City Recreation Center.

BACK TO THE GRIND

Ball High will play host to Pasadena Dobie in a practice match on Friday, starting at 3 p.m.

Leading the Tors this spring are seniors Emily Sims and Tyreese Washington.

MAKING A DIFFERENT RACKET

Adult pickleball is held every Wednesday and Thursday, from 1-3 p.m., at Menard Park’s McGuire-Dent Recreation Center in Galveston.

For information, call City of Galveston Parks & Recreation superintendent John Armstrong at 409-797-3700.

NEXT UP

Registration deadline for BARC’s 3rd annual Jen Fine Homes Parent-Child Doubles & Junior Singles tennis tournament is Sunday, Jan. 21, at 11:59 p.m.

The tournament, scheduled for Jan. 27-28, is offering a variety of family doubles events, as well as boys and girls 10s singles in both the green- and orange-ball divisions.

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.

TIP OF THE DAY

Against a doubles team that follows their serve up to the net, make the incoming player bend their knees with a low return and force them to pop their volley up.

Manuel Moreno Jr.: mmjtenicon@aol.com

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