Kratzer, Radeva, Hoffmann in finals


Local players make singles finals at Costa Mesa Tennis Classic, with large doubles contingent in title matches too.

July 18, 2013|By Matt Szabo
(Dave Sigmund )

COSTA MESA — It's not difficult to spot Ashley Kratzer on the tennis court.

The Newport Beach resident wears a pink outfit, with pink shoes and pink nail polish. Even the bottom of her ponytail is colored pink.

Kratzer, 14, said she does it to support breast cancer awareness and research.

"If I ever make it big, that's going to be my signature, with breast cancer signs all over it," she said. "I just want to be different; I want to change it up. Nobody's ever done something with colors and stuff, so I just want to do something different, especially since I'm left-handed so I'm already different."

Different isn't always a bad thing. Kratzer, the No. 2 seed in the 18s, has been playing well this week at the Costa Mesa Summer Junior Classic.

She advanced to the 18s championship match Thursday, following a 4-6, 6-3, 11-9 (super-tiebreaker) semifinal win over Kalani Soli of Carson. Kratzer will play Erin Freeman of Downey in the title match at 9 a.m. Friday at Costa Mesa Tennis Center.


Two other locals also advanced to the singles title match in their respective divisions. Top-seeded Annie Radeva, who will be a junior at Newport Harbor High and was the girls' 16s finalist last year, is back in the title match after defeating No. 3-seeded Kristina Breisacher of Rancho Santa Margarita, 6-2, 6-4. Radeva plays No. 4-seeded Shuchin Lin of Irvine in the championship match at 10 a.m. Friday.

Corona del Mar High sophomore-to-be Bjorn Hoffmann is in the boys' 16s title match. The top-seeded Hoffmann was leading his semifinal match, 6-3, 1-0, when opponent Brian Husin of Hong Kong had to retire. Hoffmann plays in the title match at 10 a.m. Friday, against No. 2-seeded Kyle McCann of Rossmoor.

Four doubles teams featuring locals also are in their respective division's championship match. Max McKennon of Newport Beach and partner Caleb Wilkins of Long Beach are in the boys' 12 doubles final at noon Friday, and Newport Coast resident Max Pham and Sage Hill sophomore-to-be Kenan Torlic are in the boys' 16 doubles final at 1 p.m.

On the girls' side, CdM junior-to-be Riley Gerdau and sophomore-to-be Siena Sharf are in the girls' 16 doubles championship match, also at 1 p.m. And Newport Beach resident Nicole Knickerbocker and partner Shweta Kumar of Irvine, the No. 2 seeds, are in the girls' 14 doubles title match at noon.

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