Five locals have worked their way to finals at the Spring 2019 Adult & Junior Open tennis tournament being played at Bay Area Racquet Club in Clear Lake City.
First to take to the courts today will be the boys’ 16-and-under doubles team of Friendswood’s Hunter Kemball-Cook and Blake Sharp. The two play their championship match at 8 a.m.
Then the father-daughter tandem of Galveston’s Jeff and Mikenzy Dubrow takes on Houston’s Matt and Vincent Risoldi at 9:30 a.m. in the non-ranking round-robin doubles division.
The Dubrows advanced to the decisive matchup with an 8-1 effort past Friendswood’s Marjorie Seiter and Houston’s Nelda Ishikawa-Ward in round one.
Later, at 11:15 a.m., Friendswood’s Danna Cai will challenge Houston’s No. 1-seeded Mia Zilberman in the girls’ 12s singles final.
Cai won twice on Saturday, defeating Houston’s Nayka Pandya in the quarterfinals, 6-1, 6-1, before upsetting Pearland’s No. 2-seeded Ellyse Torano in the semifinals, 6-3, 6-2.
League City’s Zoe Male and Zander Cromwell won respective 16s singles titles at the King Daddy Sports May Junior Open tennis tournament in Houston.
Male claimed the girls’ championship with a 6-2, 6-4 finals victory over Houston’s No. 2-seeded Grace Goodson.
At the same time, Cromwell was winning the boys’ crown, upsetting Seabrook’s No. 1-seeded Chase Turley in his final, 2-6, 5-4 retired (injury).
Male, seeded No. 1, won three rounds, following a first-round bye with a 6-2, 6-2 semifinals win over Houston’s Sophia Rebello.
As for Cromwell, he was the busiest of the two, winning five rounds in all, first receiving a bye and making a comeback in the second round against Fulshear’s Bryce Skarya 5-7, 6-3, 10-3.
Cromwell, seeded No. 3, then defeated League City’s Arya Shah in the quarterfinals, 6-3, 6-2, before upsetting Houston’s No. 2-seeded Ashwin Dev in the semifinals, 6-2, 3-6, 10-6.
Shah reached the quarters with two wins, beating Houston’s Arda Guzel in the first round, 6-3, 7-5, and Katy’s Tanav Kaira in the second round, 7-5, 4-6, 10-6.
The Christina Grillo Sullivan Foundation is needing more volunteers for its adaptive tennis programs.
If interested, contact CGSF executive director Beep Sullivan at 409-209-0581 or www.tcgsf.org.
TIP OF THE DAY
In singles, when in doubt, go crosscourt. You have more footage to hit into.