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Mililani's Tobita falls in doubles debut at Tennis Championships of Honolulu
Following her singles loss yesterday, Tobita returned to the court with her doubles partner and former Oregon teammate Rifanty Kahfiani.
Wednesday, July 10th 2019, 6:50 PM HST by
(USTA) - The third day at the Tennis Championships of Honolulu featured a packed schedule with singles and doubles matches in action at the University of Hawaii Tennis Complex.
The top seeds advance to the round of 16 for the singles draw. While tennis fans enjoyed the singles play, crowd support for Mililani graduate Alyssa Tobita continued to make their appearance.
Following her singles loss yesterday, Tobita returned to the court with her doubles partner and former Oregon teammate Rifanty Kahfiani. The pair faced Japan’s Risa Ozaki and Junri Namigata.
The Japanse duo quickly took the first set 6-1. Tobita and Kahfiani saw themselves having to regain their composure as they began the second set. When describing the first set, Tobita states:
“We were making a lot of errors in the beginning.The second set was a restart and we just had to focus on staying in it.”
Support emerged from the bleachers as fans cheered “Go Ducks!” Tobita and Kahfiani soon regained their momentum and found themselves winning the points with their volleys to take the second set 7-5.
“When we’re on the court together, our best play is finishing up the points at the net,” says Tobita.
Despite holding off three match points, Ozaki and Namigata emerged victorious 6-1, 5-7, 11-9. The Japanese team will advanced to the doubles quarterfinals.
Looking ahead, both Tobita and Kahfiani will be playing more prize-money tournaments in Seattle until Kahfiani begins her senior year at Oregon this fall semester.
The ITF World Tennis Tour event continues with the round of 16 singles matches and quarterfinal doubles matches.
Play continues Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The event 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.