P. Bradley wins dis­trict sin­gles

D-West star edges OJR’s Lee in straight sets in fi­nal

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Bruce Adams badams@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @mline­s­ports on Twit­ter

PHILADEL­PHIA >> For Down­ing­town West se­nior Pay­ton Bradley, who cap­tured the PIAA Dis­trict 1 Class AAA sin­gles tour­na­ment cham­pi­onship Wed­nes­day morn­ing at Legacy Youth Tennis and Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­ter, her most vivid mem­ory of the tour­ney didn’t have any­thing to do with her own per­for­mance.

“My best mem­ory of the tour­na­ment was watch­ing my younger sis­ter Jor­dan qual­ify for States,” said Bradley. “Af­ter my match against Con­estoga’s Ash­ley Griffith [in the dis­trict quar­ter­fi­nal], I saw Jor­dan beat [two-time Cen­tral League sin­gles cham­pion] Nina Hoog to qual­ify – it was a great match [4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)].”

Iron­i­cally, Pay­ton then faced her sopho­more sis­ter Jor­dan in the dis­trict semi­fi­nal, and the older sis­ter pre­vailed, win­ning 6-2, 6-3.

“It was fun play­ing Jor­dan, I was just en­joy­ing the mo­ment when I played her, and it wasn’t too se­ri­ous – I didn’t want to go home af­ter the match and have us hat­ing each other,” said Pay­ton, with a laugh.

Be­fore fac­ing Jor­dan, Pay­ton had to get by Con­estoga’s Ash­ley Griffith, whom she beat 6-1, 7-6 (7-3).

“Ash­ley played a phe­nom­e­nal sec­ond set, putting the ball away left and right,” said Pay­ton. “I had to play ag­gres­sively and keep the ball away from her.”

Af­ter beat­ing Griffith and Jor­dan Bradley, Pay­ton then faced Owen J. Roberts’ Mered­ith Lee in the fi­nals.

“Mered­ith and I are best friends,” said Pay­ton. “Last year, we were on the same team [at the USTA Ju­nior Team Tennis 18 and Un­der Na­tional Cham­pi­onships in Cayce, S.C.] “The key to [my vic­tory against Lee] was prob­a­bly that I stayed con­sis­tent. Mered­ith is good with pace – I knew I had to keep the ball in play.

VINNY TENNIS — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Down­ing­town West’s Pay­ton Bradley had to beat her sis­ter, Jor­dan, en route to cap­tur­ing the Dis­trict 1 Class AAA sin­gles title.

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