LA teen honored for volunteer work with local wheelchair tennis program


Chuck Revell/Special to the Town Crier
Ryan Kawahara, right, receives the Outstanding Wheelchair Tennis Volunteer Award from Steve Leube, center, and Michael Yousefi.

Los Altos teen Ryan Kawahara recently received the 2017 Outstanding Wheelchair Tennis Volunteer Award from the United States Tennis Association, Northern California.

The award recognizes the volunteer who has gone above and beyond to support wheelchair tennis.

Los Altos teen wins a point against Federer


Courtesy of Jai Chulani
Alisha Chulani poses with Roger Federer soon after playing a few points against him in San Jose.

Alisha Chulani prepared for months to be a ball kid at the Match for Africa 5 Silicon Valley. But the Los Altos resident had no idea she would get to do more than hand out towels and shag balls for tennis stars Roger Federer and Jack Sock during their exhibition match.

After a changeover at the March 5 charity event in San Jose, Sock offered Chulani the chance to play a few points against Federer, ranked No. 1 in the world.

Tennis-playing Penickova twins excel in singles and as doubles team


Courtesy of Tomas Penicka
Twin sisters Annika, left, and Kristina Penickova hold the trophies they won in October at the Manteca Open. Annika placed second in the under-12 girls singles division and Kristina came in third.

Some twins might claim to share telepathy, though it’s difficult to prove that a bond that strong exists. Tennis-playing twins Annika and Kristina Penickova don’t claim to have the ability to read each other’s minds, but they certainly understand one another on the court.

Annika, a righty, and Kristina, a lefty, are not only sisters, but also teammates. They often play as a doubles team and said being twins – and having different dominant arms – works to their advantage by letting them cover the court more efficiently.

LAHS freshman makes CCS semis; Lancers fall to LG in NorCal final


Experience won out in the singles semifinals of the Central Coast Section girls tennis championships, as Los Altos High freshman Yuu Ishikawa fell to junior Ashley Yeah of Los Gatos in straight sets.

Top-seeded Yeah – who went on to win the CCS title for the second straight year – defeated No. 4 Ishikawa 6-2, 6-1 Nov. 15 at Bay Club Courtside in Los Gatos.


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