Posted on: July 13, 2018 Posted by: Mike Sullivan Comments: 0
Alyssa Tobita warms up prior to her doubles match the Tennis Championships of Honolulu at the University of Hawaii Tennis Complex in Honolulu, HI. (Michael Sullivan/GPM

HONOLULU, HAWAII, July 12, 2018 – The Tennis Championships of Honolulu (TCOH) moved into the quarterfinal round of the main draw today with a few fan favorites ending their run in the tournament.

Alyssa Tobita, a Mililani High School graduate who made local headlines this week, and her doubles partner Tallulah Farrow from Australia were defeated in two straight sets by the no. 2 seeded team consisting of Japan’s Misaki Doi and American’s Jessica Pegula, 6-1, 6-0. Doi has a career-high singles ranking of 30 and doubles ranking of 78.

Despite the result, Tobita is thankful for her experience. “I had a fun time. It was good to play my first professional tournament, and to have friends and family here to support me through it,” Tobita said. Her mom, Lynda Tobita, shares similar sentiments. “This tournament really boosted [Alyssa’s] confidence. She didn’t think she would do as well as she did, winning both her first professional singles and doubles matches.”

Next, Tobita will travel to Washington for two other tournaments before returning to the University of Oregon for the last class of her college career. For 17-year-old Farrow, college search is the next task. She will be visiting colleges in Colorado and California.

Lena Lutzeier gets her arm worked during her first round match of the Tennis Championships of Honolulu at the University of Hawaii Tennis Complex in Honolulu, HI. (Michael Sullivan/GPM

Lena Lutzeier of Germany and Hawaii Pacific lost he first round match to Emiliana Arango of Columbia 7-5,6-2. Lutzeier, despite a quick start, had trouble with tendinitis in her right racket welding arm and dwindled late.

On the singles side, American Grace Min – the no. 2 seed – was knocked out by Japan’s Mai Minokoshi in a three-set upset, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5. Min had an early lead in the third set but needed a medical timeout halfway through and finally lost her hard-fought battle to Minokoshi.

Five Americans are left in the singles draw, which will continue tomorrow at 10:00 am at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. For more information on tickets, visit www.goTCOH.com.

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