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.
The underhand serve machine Petra Melounova defeats #60 Golovin of LSU 3-6 6-3 7-5 to advance to the round of 32 in @NCAATennis singles play.
— Parsa (@Parsa_Nemati) May 20, 2019
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.