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San Diego’s Svajda clinches second straight crown at Tiburon Challenger


Defending Tiburon Challenger singles champion Zach Svajda of San Diego defeated Australian Adam Walton in two sets on Oct. 8 at the Tiburon Peninsula Club to claim the title for the second consecutive year. (Frank Fennema photo / For The Ark)

Winning in Tiburon was so nice, Zach Svajda had to do it twice.


The 20-year-old from San Diego emerged victorious in the Tiburon Challenger at the Tiburon Peninsula Club, winning the final Oct. 8 by defeating Australian Adam Walton in two sets, 6-2, 6-2.


Losing just one set on his way to the crown, Svajda also became the tournament’s first back-to-back winner, as well as the first to win the Tiburon Challenger multiple times.


“I knew I could do this, but I just try not to think too much ahead,” he said post-match. “So I just try to take it point by point, day by day.”


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