Omachi conquered Far East issues - and everything else

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Seisen Phoenix junior Sarah Omachi has been named Stars and Stripes Pacific's girls tennis Athlete of the Year.  MAYU ONO/SPECIAL TO STRIPES
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Seisen Phoenix junior Sarah Omachi has been named Stars and Stripes Pacific's girls tennis Athlete of the Year. MAYU ONO/SPECIAL TO STRIPES

Omachi conquered Far East issues - and everything else

by: Dave Ornauer | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: December 03, 2018

Seisen’s coaches or teammates never doubted Sarah Omachi’s talent.

The powerful right-hander, sporting wicked forehand volleys and groundstrokes and a strong two-handed backhand, showed as much when she was a freshman two years ago, powering her way through the Kanto Plain finals and reaching the Far East singles championship match.

But it was there that she lost to teammate Matilde Piras in three sets. It wasn’t so much the loss itself – her only defeat of the season – but how the match got away from her. After Omachi easily won the first set, Piras settled down, counterattacked and made Omachi lose her composure.

“I was really sad and frustrated that I couldn’t win that match,” Omachi said. Perhaps done in by overconfidence, Omachi said she thought it would simply be a repeat of her victory a week earlier over Piras in in the Kanto Plain finals.

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