Hawaii women’s tennis: Petra Melounova advances to NCAA round of 32 (VIDEO)

Petra Melounova advanced farther in the NCAA women's singles tournament than any Rainbow Wahine player to date. / Photo by Craig T. Kojima, Star-Advertiser

UPDATE: Petra Melounova is advancing in the NCAA singles tournament for the second time in her career — and first since her freshman season two years ago — with a 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 comeback win over LSU’s Jessica Golovin in Orlando, Fla.

There was an upset in the bracket right next to Melounova; Michigan’s Chiara Lommer knocked off No. 4 seed Ingrid Gamarra Martins of South Carolina. Melounova, ranked No. 61, gets the 47th-ranked Lommer in the second round Tuesday. The match time is to be determined. UPDATE: They will play at 10 a.m. local time, which means … 4 a.m. in Hawaii. Welp, if you get up early enough, you can watch her online.

Should Melounova prevail in that match, she’ll have done something no Wahine player has achieved — reach the round of 16.


For the second time in her career, Hawaii women’s tennis star Petra Melounova is tasked with getting through a player from LSU in the NCAA singles tournament.

Two years ago, as a freshman, Melounova became the first player in program history to advance a round in the NCAAs. But then she lost in straight sets to the Tigers’ Joana Valle Costa in the round of 32.

This time, Melounova drew LSU’s Jessica Golovin, a senior who has 17 dual match singles wins to her name. They play at 6 a.m. HST (noon local time) Monday at the USTA Campus in Orlando, Fla. The match will be live streamed on NCAA.com.

Melounova has overcome some unique challenges this season to compile a 13-2 dual match singles record and a No. 61 ranking.

It could be a good match. Golovin is ranked No. 60.

Should Melounova win, she could face the No. 4 overall seed in the second round Tuesday. That’s Ingrid Gamarra Martins of South Carolina.

Courtesy UH coach Jun Hernandez.


  1. haka May 21, 2019 8:39 am

    Congrats Petra!
    Sweet 16 baybeeee!

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