COSTA MESA — Do not underestimate the power of a No. 1 seeding in a junior tennis tournament.
Last year at the Costa Mesa Summer Junior Classic, Costa Mesa resident Annie Radeva lost in her first girls' 16 singles match to top-seeded Danielle Pham of Irvine.
Back with more experience, Radeva is now the top seed in the 16s this year at the tournament. She said she knows that puts a proverbial target on her back, but she doesn't seem to mind.
"I don't think it's pressure," Radeva said. "I think it gives me a little bit more confidence. I mean, I've always been intimidated when I played the No. 1 seed, so maybe people are intimidated when they see they play me ... It's cool coming back the year after and actually being the [No.] 1 seed."
If her opponents do feel intimidated, it may be for good reason. Radeva breezed through her first match of the tournament Monday afternoon, blanking Madeline Loomis of Aliso Viejo, 6-0, 6-0, in a round of 32 match at Costa Mesa Tennis Center.