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Saturday, June 18, 2022

Quinn Faces Holmgren in San Diego $15K Final; All-American Finals Sunday in Women's Pro Circuit Events; Damm Advances to $25K Final in Dominican Republic; Ray and Bigun Sweep J2 Titles in Cancun

Ethan Quinn advanced to his second USTA Pro Circuit final in the past two months today at the $15,000 tournament in San Diego, with the 18-year-old from Fresno defeating 17-year-old Alex Michelsen 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.  

Quinn, who lost in the final of the $15,000 tournament in Vero Beach at the end of April, trailed Michelsen 0-3, 15-40 in the third set in today's semifinal at the Barnes Tennis Center. But the Georgia redshirt freshman saved those break points, got the break back, and at 4-all broke again, taking six of the last seven games of the match. 

Quinn will play recent University of San Diego graduate August Holmgren, who reached the NCAA men's singles final last month and won the first SoCal Pro Circuit tournament in the San Diego area two weeks ago. Holmgren advanced to his second final in two weeks with a 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 win over qualifier Yuta Kikuchi(Cal) of Japan. 

In the men's doubles final today, Quinn and Siem Woldeab lost to top seeds Zhe Li of China and Tsung-Hua Yang of Taiwan 6-4, 3-6, 10-8. 

The women's final Sunday in San Diego will be between two qualifiers, with Makenna Jones(North Carolina) facing Megan McCray(Oklahoma State). Both the women's semifinals were finished before the first men's semifinal, with Jones defeating Catherine Aulia of Australia 6-0, 6-1 and McCray blitzing wild card Katherine Hui by the same score.

In the women's doubles final, No. 4 seeds Ya Yi Yang of Taiwan and Thailand's Bunyawi Thamchaiwat(Oklahoma State/San Diego State) defeated No. 3 seeds Jones and Sara Daavettila(North Carolina) 6-3, 6-4.

Both finals, scheduled for 10 a.m. PDT, will be streamed on the Cracked Racquets YouTube Channel, with commentary by Alex Gruskin.

Top seed Hanna Chang and No. 2 seed Sophie Chang will play for the title at the $25,000 USTA women's Pro Circuit tournament in Sumter South Carolina Sunday after straight-sets victories today. Hanna defeated qualifier Carol Lee(Georgia Tech) of the North Mariana Islands 6-2, 6-4 and Sophie beat unseeded Himeno Sakatsume of Japan 6-3, 7-6(3).

The doubles final in Sumter was an all-Texas affair, with No. 4 seeds Kylie Collins and Peyton Stearns defeating No. 2 seeds Allura and Bella Zamarripa 6-3, 5-7, 10-7.  It's Stearns first doubles title on the Women's Pro Circuit, while Collins now has three.

The top two seeds had less success today at the $25,000 USTA men's Pro Circuit tournament in Wichita Kansas, with two unseeded collegians ousting them. Liam Draxl(Kentucky) of Canada defeated No. 2 seed Yu Hsiou Hsu of Taiwan 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 and Clement Chidekh(Washington) of France beat top seed Denis Yevseyev of Kazakhstan 7-6(3), 6-1. Although it didn't turn out that way, Draxl versus Chidekh was a plausible NCAA Division I singles final last month in Champaign, with both of them seeded.

In today's doubles final in Wichita, No. 2 seeds Hsu and Yuta Shimizu defeated Ghana's Abraham Asaba and Sekou Bangoura(Florida), the No. 4 seeds 6-4, 2-6, 10-5.

At $25,000 tournaments in the Dominican Republic, two Americans will play for titles Sunday. In the men's tournament, unseeded 18-year-old Martin Damm has reached his second $25K final since the end of May, beating No. 5 seed Peter Bertran(South Florida) of the Dominican Republic 7-6(8), 6-3. Damm will play top seed Dan Added of France, who ended the impressive run of qualifier Aidan Mayo 6-3, 6-0.

Hurricane Tyra Black is into her first $25K final of the year, with the 21-year-old, seeded No. 5, defeating No. 16 seed Pei-Chi Lee of Taiwan 6-1, 6-0 in the semifinals of the women's tournament in the Dominican Republic. She will face 18-year-old Jana Kolodynska of Belarus, the No. 13 seed, who won last week's $25K in the Dominican Republic. Kolodynska beat University of Georgia rising sophomore Mell Reasco of Ecuador, the No. 9 seed, 7-5, 6-3.

Valeria Ray continued her winning streak, with the 17-year-old Vanderbilt recruit claiming both the singles and doubles titles for the second week in a row in Cancun. At this week's Grade 2, the unseeded Ray won the singles title when No. 2 seed Tatum Evans retired trailing 5-0. Ray and Cindy Zhao of China, the No. 8 seeds, had beaten Evans and Anya Murthy, the top seeds, 4-6 7-6(8), 10-3 in last night's doubles final.

Meecah Bigun also added a singles title to his doubles championship today, with the No. 6 seed defeating No. 9 seed Felipe Pinzon Moreno 6-0, 6-2. Bigun and Preston Stearns, the No. 2 seeds, beat No. 4 seeds Joseph Phillips and Korea's Hoyoung Ro 6-4, 6-4 in the boys doubles final Friday night.

It's the third ITF Junior circuit singles title for Bigun and his third doubles title, although the first doubles title when not playing his twin brother Kaylan.

The other American title this week on the ITF Junior Circuit came at the Grade 5 in Niagara Canada, with 14-year-old Joseph Oyebog Jr. earning his third ITF Junior Circuit singles title. The top seed, Oyebog defeated unseeded Zachary Cohen 6-2, 6-4 in the final.