League City’s Derek Bruner won the men’s 30-and-over singles title at the RBC Wealth Management Houston Open tennis tournament.

Bruner went 3-0 in round-robin play, completing the sweep with a 4-2 retired (injury) win over Humble’s Timothy Green.

Bruner started off with a 6-1, 6-2 win against Kingwood’s John Patch in round one, then defeated Houston’s Christopher Bbale in round two, 7-5, 6-1.

Meanwhile, finishing second in the tournament’s men’s 65s singles was Friendswood’s Richard Griffin.

Griffin, seeded No. 1, won two rounds before losing to Houston’s No. 2-seeded Larry Carroll in the championship match, 6-1, 6-3.

Earlier, Griffin beat Houston’s Steve Bridgham in the quarterfinals, 6-1, 6-2, and Milam’s Floyd Carr in the semifinals, 6-4, 6-4.


League City’s Aman Waikar finished in a three-way tie for first place in the boys 10-and-under singles orange-ball “A” division at the Katy April Challenger 1-Day tennis tournament.

Joining Waikar in the round-robin triple crown were Houston’s Rahul Venkat and Jiarui Zhang.

Waikar’s three wins were against: Houston’s Christopher Cho, 4-2, 4-0; Houston’s Alois Le Coz, 4-1, 2-4, 1-0; and Zhang, 4-1, 4-2.


Friendswood’s Maria Herrera won runner-up honors in the girls 18s singles “B” Seles division at the Austin Super Champ Major Zone tennis tournament.

Herrera, seeded No. 1, was a three-time winner before losing to Pearland’s No. 2-seeded Juliana Sierra in the final, 6-0, 6-2.


First-round quarterfinal matchups for the May 16-17 University Interscholastic League State Tennis Championships being held at Texas A&M University’s George P. Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station have been announced.

On opening day in the Class 6A boys singles at 8 a.m., Clear Creek’s Carter Crookston faces Austin Westlake’s Daniel French.

At the same time in the 6A girls singles, Clear Springs’ Alli Schwartz takes on Duncanville’s Daniela Padron-Castillo.

In 5A, both Friendswood doubles teams play later that morning, beginning with the boys’ Race Haas and Noah Smistad versus Kerrville Tivy’s Colson Schiek/Sam Snelgrove at 10 a.m.

Then, at 11:30 a.m., the Lady Mustangs’ Maura Mitchell and Quinn Radtke challenge Dallas Highland Park’s Lizann Boyer/Annika Juergens.


In doubles to avoid lobs, use underspin on your groundstrokes and approach shots, keeping the ball low and tougher for your opponent to get under.

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