Hawaii tennis: Petra Melounova makes NCAA sweet 16

Hawaii's Petra Melounova is into the NCAA sweet 16, the first UH player to do so. / Photo courtesy Preston Mack/UH athletics.

UPDATE: After a blistering start, Petra Melounova could not keep it going in the NCAA round of 16 on Wednesday. She jumped out to a 5-1 lead in Set 1 on Texas Tech’s Felicity Maltby — only to see Maltby rattle off 12 straight games. Maltby prevailed 7-5, 6-0 to advance to the quarterfinals.

Melounova will go into her senior year with the only three NCAA singles wins in program history (two as a junior, one as a freshman).


Petra Melounova is breaking serves and breaking new ground.

The Hawaii tennis junior advanced to the NCAA tournament round of 16 with a straight-sets win over Michigan’s Chiara Lommer at the USTA Campus in Orlando, Fla., on Tuesday morning, becoming the first Rainbow Wahine player to play this far into the 64-player event.

Melounova, who has thrived with her heavy groundstrokes despite an unconventional underhanded serve, came back from an 0-2 hole in Set 1 to take it 6-4, then broke Lommer’s serve twice in jumping out to a 5-0 lead in Set 2 and finishing it off at 6-1.

On Wednesday, the 61st-ranked Melounova faces Texas Tech’s Felicity Maltby, who is ranked No. 22. The match time is to be announced by the NCAA. UPDATE: Melounova’s match will be at or slightly after 6 p.m. local time, so noon Hawaii time. It should be televised live on the Tennis Channel.

Here’s the updated bracket:

The last Big West player to reach the round of 16 was UC Santa Barbara’s Jean Okada in 1996.


  1. Warrior Lifer May 22, 2019 12:53 am

    Congrats to Melounova, going where no other UH women’s tennis player has gone before. It’s a shame that tennis is such a small sport, especially at the women’s collegiate level. Bet not a lot of people are even aware that the tournament is happening right now. Regardless, best of luck to her tomorrow, Go Bows!!!

  2. Curt May 22, 2019 8:46 am

    Go Petra! Brian, thanks for sharing and updating us. 🙂

  3. Superstar Advertiser May 22, 2019 10:35 am

    Good game Petra! Just play beautiful tennis.

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