It was Eri-Internationalsports.org first article on our website, the story of a young man who is excelling at a very fast pace in his tennis career. The University of Texas recruit is not the only tennis player in his family. His sister Winta Woldeab is also a standout player at Helix high school in San Diego. In her only second year she is predicted to be one of the top players in the district. This past season the Helix sophomore reached the San Diego Section singles semifinals.
When Helix Charter High won the San Diego Section Division II team tennis title in 2017, it was the first championship in the sport in the school’s 66-year history be it boys or girls and Winta's contribution was huge. Her coach at Helix strongly believes that Winta has a great future. He went on to say, "She has a powerful and accurate serve, solid groundstrokes and covers the court like a gazelle, coming to the net to unleash a wicked overhead slam or racing back to hit a sizzling backhand that barely clears the net or a lob that forces her opponent back, playing right into her hands. Winta has been playing since she was 6 and followed her brothers across the street to practice at Helix, so she is a factor on the Junior National level.
An older brother Senay also played at Helix and the parents Tewolde and mother Semainesh stress education first in their house hold where Siem and Senay had excellent grades as they both stress academics first, resulting in a 4.8 GPA for Winta.
"Coach Jay Diaz, who has been at Helix for the last 12 years, says the two boys have been among the best players he’s ever had, Winta (which means “wish” in Tigrinya, the language of Eritrea) is by far the best he’s seen."
Artcle and picture contribution Steve Brand & The San Diego Union Tribune.