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

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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.

Los Altos tennis team earns 5th seed in CCS

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Los Altos High freshman Yuu Ishikawa won the league singles title last week.

No tennis team in Northern California has defeated the Los Altos High girls this season, and the Eagles would like that to continue in this week’s Central Coast Section playoffs.

“I think we’ll do well,” coach Hung Nguyen said. “I look forward to it.”

Los Altos tennis team closes in on league title with 5-2 home win over rival Mountain View

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Los Altos High’s Kylie Akiyama won in straight sets at No. 2 singles last week against rival Mountain View.

The Los Altos High girls tennis team all but clinched the league title with last week’s 5-2 win over Mountain View.

The Eagles improved to 8-0 in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division with four matches remaining, while the second-place Spartans sank to 6-2. All of Los Altos’ wins came in straight sets Oct. 10.

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