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Clements’ Gandhi Wins Regional Tennis Title


By Corey Roepken

DEER PARK (Yourhoustonnews): Isha Gandhi arrived at the Region III-5A tennis tournament as one of the youngest and most inexperienced players. After performing like a veteran juggernaut the Clements High School sophomore left with a gold medal.

Gandhi lost a total of nine games in four matches en route to the girls singles championship at Deer Park High School Wednesday. She won the championship match against Katy Taylor™s Erika Emerey, 6-0, 6-0.

The Dulles girls doubles team of Mariam Zein and Courtney Yeung will join Gandhi at the state tournament in Austin May 9-10. Zein and Yeung finished second.

Gandhi said she focused on being consistent during the first and second rounds Tuesday. In the semifinals and championship on Wednesday she went for her shots. She was in control the whole way against Emerey.

I felt really relaxed. I didn™t feel that much pressure at all, Gandhi said. I thought I would have so much pressure because it was the finals. I was just really calm for some reason.

Clements™ Isha Gandhi gets a hug from teammate Isabel Prado after Gandhi won the girls singles regional championship. Prado also qualified for the regional tournament. She and teammate David Saa went 1-1 in the mixed doubles draw. Photo: Patric Schneider

Gandhi entered the tournament as the No. 2 seed behind Clements junior Laura Cardno. Cardno lost an exhausting three-set match Wednesday morning in the semifinals. Cardno and Gandhi had high hopes of both qualifying for the state tournament, but that possibility got wiped away when one of them lost in the semifinals.

Since both are underclassmen they will have a chance to do it again next season. In the meantime Gandhi sets her sights on this year™s state tournament.

I™m just going to up there and have fun, she said. Apparently that™s when I do my best.

The Dulles boys double team of Nick Van Bemmelen and Jeffrey Chan advanced with a straight sets victory then lost to the No. 4 seed in the second round.