Chihayafuru, Baby Steps Recommendations
Chihayafuru and Baby Steps give off a similar feeling as you're watching the show, in these series our main characters are joining a club, Karuta and Tennis. However, Chihayafuru is focused on Karuta, it is also largely focuses on romance.
When it comes down to it, Chihayafuru and Baby Steps shares a similarity in their motivations. The main characters starts off as newbies in a club. At first, they lack experience but soon finds themselves depending a passion for the clubs' hobby/sport. There is intelligence in both series in terms of strategic play of karuta or tennis. If you're looking for an anime with character development through storyline progressing and working their way up towards a dream, I suggest to give both of these a try.
The competitive feel from Tennis and Karuta was what keeps these 2 two series exciting. Also both the series have strong female characters. There's a bit of romance in both of them.