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Radeva a champion

Tennis

Costa Mesa resident wins title at hometown tournament. Saleh wins in doubles.

July 19, 2013|By Matt Szabo
  • Annie Radeva, a Costa Mesa resident, won the girls' 16s title at the Costa Mesa Junior Summer Classic on Friday.
Annie Radeva, a Costa Mesa resident, won the girls'… (KEVIN CHANG, Daily…)

COSTA MESA — Annie Radeva finally knows what it feels like to win her hometown tournament.

This year marked the third and final year playing in the girls' 16 singles draw for the Newport Harbor High junior-to-be.

This year, she came away with her first Costa Mesa Summer Junior Classic title.

The top-seeded Radeva overpowered No. 4-seeded Shuchen Lin of Irvine, 6-4, 6-0, to capture the title Friday at Costa Mesa Tennis Center.

"It's definitely nice to win it," Radeva said. "I mean, my sister [Nelly] always played it and now I'm always playing it. We live like two minutes away, so it's super-nice."

Nelly, who recently graduated from Vanderbilt University, was on hand to watch her younger sister's title-clinching performance Friday. She has been hitting with Annie this summer at Newport Harbor. On Friday, Annie wore Nelly's black Vanderbilt shirt, with "Radeva" in white letters on the back.

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"I've been hitting with her a lot," Annie Radeva said. "I'm glad she'll hit with me, because she was really tired when she got back. All she wanted to do was sleep, but she made time to come hit with me."

Annie Radeva was playing against Lin for the first time. The first set was tight but Radeva went up a break of serve early and won it. She used her momentum to cruise in the second set, not dropping a game.

"In the warmup I just tried to figure her out," she said. "I knew her backhand was definitely her weaker side. In the first set, she was playing really well, she was serving really well. I just tried to stay in the point as long as I could, because I knew she would miss after a few shots.

"The second set, I feel like she gave up a little bit. She wasn't jumping around or anything; she just didn't want to be there anymore. That's the vibe I got from her, so it just encouraged me to push harder and just close it out, not give her any opportunities."

Radeva took advantage of her own opportunities. She has been playing well lately, advancing to the round of 32 at Southern California Junior Sectionals, but said she was unhappy with the way she played in the consolation draw there. This was her next tournament, so she said she wanted to prove herself with a good result.

Next summer, Radeva will be 17, and she knows what that means.

"Hopefully, I can win 18s next year," she said. "That's probably my goal for this tournament."

Saleh earns title

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