Mililani-alum Tobita looks ahead to doubles play in Honolulu Tennis Championships
Hawaii's Alyssa Tobita is out of the singles draw of the Tennis Championships of Honolulu after losing to top seed Whitney Osuigwe Tuesday afternoon. Tobita's steady baseline game earned her the first two break points of the match, to the delight of her local fans in the crowd. However, a visibly frustrated Osuigwe quickly found her momentum to defeat Tobita in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2.
Despite her loss, Tobita was greeted with applause, cheers, and leis. She leaves the experience with nothing but gratitude and positivity. "This is probably, by far, the highest-ranked person I've ever played. I know she just came back from playing Wimbledon qualifying, so you know she’s a big-time player...she’s got a good serve, big forehand. I’m very grateful for the opportunity to play somebody like this. You don’t get that chance very often."
While her singles' run is finished, the tournament is not over for Tobita. Tomorrow, she will be joined by Rifanty Kahfiani, her doubles partner from the University of Oregon. The duo will face Japan's Risa Ozaki and Junri Namigata. Tobita is excited about reuniting with Kahfiani on the court. "I’ve been looking forward to this for a very long time because I miss playing with my partner so much...we’re going to go out there and bring a lot of energy and play our hearts out."
The Tennis Championships of Honolulu will continue all week and is open to the public. Admission is free for UH students and faculty, USTA members, and children under 18. All others can purchase a ticket at the door for $5. For more information on tickets and community activities, visit www.ustahawaii.com.