SoCal Pro Circuit San Diego Semi-Finals Are Set

Ya Yi Yang (photo: Justin Fine / USTA SoCal)

SAN DIEGO, Calif., June 18, 2022 (by Damian Secore)

A pair of unseeded California teenagers and future University of Georgia Bulldog teammates will square off in the singles semifinals of the Barnes Tennis Center Open on Saturday as Ethan Quinn and Alex Michelsen each won in straight sets in Friday’s quarterfinals at the SoCal Pro Circuit $15,000 ITF World Tennis Tour event.

The 18-year-old Quinn, who is from Fresno and joined the Bulldogs in January of 2022 and red-shirted his first year, beat Tadeas Paroulek of the Czech Republic, 6-4, 6-0. Aliso Viejo resident Michelsen, 17, took out Syria’s Kareem Al Allaf, 6-3, 6-2.

The showdown between Quinn and Michelsen at 10 a.m. Saturday will be followed by a matchup between two more unseeded players in August Holmgren and Yuta Kikuchi, who both eked out three-set quarterfinal wins to make the final four

University of San Diego All-American Holmgren of Denmark, ended Duarte Vale’s seven-match winning streak, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, as last week’s SoCal Pro Circuit winner from Portugal couldn’t overcome the powerful game of Holmgren, who is playing in his last SoCal Pro Circuit event this week. The Holmgren-Vale contest pitted the winners of the first two singles events of the inaugural SoCal Pro Circuit as Holmgren won two weeks ago at the Rancho Santa Fe Open.

La Mesa resident and Helix High School graduate Siem Woldeab’s run ended on Friday as he lost to Japan’s Kikuchi, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.

In Friday’s women’s quarterfinals, four unneeded players took out seeded players led by San Diego resident and Santa Fe Christian senior-to-be Katherine Hui.

Hui, 17, beat No. 7 Kimmi Hance, 6-4, 6-3. It sets up an all-San Diego County semifinal as Hui, a wild card, will face qualifier and 26-year-old Oceanside resident Megan McCray, who upset No. 4 seed, USD player and San Diego resident Solymar Colling, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3. South Carolina native Makenna Jones faces Australian Catherine Aulia in Saturday’s first women’s semifinal at 10 a.m., with Hui-McCray to follow.

In Saturday’s women’s doubles final, No. 3 seed Jones and Sara Daavettila will meet No. 4 Bunyawi Thamchaiwat of Thailand and Ya Yi Yang of Chinese Taipei. In the men’s doubles final, top-seeded Zhe Li of China and Tsung-Hua Yang of Chinese Taipei will take on unseeded Quinn and Woldeab. Both doubles finals will take place after the conclusion of the singles semifinals.