Wednesday, December 4, 2002
Steamboat Springs For the second straight year, Steamboat Springs tennis player Alexandra Leatu swept past the field at the Colorado Springs Country Club to win the annual Turkey Shoot.
"It was a little bit easier than last year," Leatu said. "I just wanted to go back and defend my title and I hoped that I would win."
Leatu, the top-seeded player in her age group, did just that.
She topped Brittany Warly and Emily Lawrence to advance to the championship round, where she faced No. 2 seed Adriana Wojakowska for the title.
The Steamboat player made quick work of Wojakowska by winning the title match in a 6-2, 6-1 showing.
The Turkey Shoot featured 224 of the state's top players, including eight in Leatu's 10-and-under division.
"This is a pretty big victory for Alexandra," Steamboat Springs coach John Aragon said. "This tournament is a pretty big deal for her."
The victory was Leatu's third tournament win of the year. She was also a runner-up in another event.
"I've played in about six tournaments this year," she said. "But this was one of the biggest for me."
Leatu said she wants to take her tennis skills as far as they can go and is hoping to reach the professional level someday. But she realizes she still has a lot of work to do and that a lot can happen en route to her goal.
Leatu is ranked among the top players in Colorado in her age group and has already set her sights on the future.
"I want to go back next year and defend my title at the Turkey Shoot," Leatu said.