Guillermo In Singles Semifinal and Doubles Final
The summer of success continues for Ann Li as she reaches a career best semi-final appearance at a Pro Circuit tournament. Li is back in the states, after competing in Wimbledon. The seventeen year old from Pennsylvania, not only made the finals of Wimbledon this month, but has matched her career high world ranking of 14. Li found herself in a familiar place today as she played another young American who is traveling with her as part of the USTA Player Development team. Li beat Caty McNally 6-1, 6-3 to reach this years semi-finals where she will play Lorraine Guillermo.
Guillermo, who beat Alexandra Morozova in the second round, played another seeded player. Today, it was Caitlin Whoriskey, the top ranked and seeded player in the tournament. Guillermo once again came out victorious, downing Whoriskey 6-3, 6-0. Guillermo was a two-time All-American at Pepperdine University where she also won the ITA / Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship award. Guillermo and Li are set to play tomorrow at 10:30am.
Defending champion, and crowd favorite Kennedy Shaffer battled for three sets today against Allie Kiick. Kiick, who is playing in her fourth tournament since July 2015 took the first set 6-4. Shaffer fought back to push it to a third set, but it was Kiick who ultimately won with a final score of 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. Kiick’s win sets her up with a semifinal matchup against the Marcela Zacarias.
Zacarias is the highest seed remaining in the draw. Zacarias is from San Luis Potosi, Mexico and has won a total of 11 career Pro Circuit singles titles. She has also 14 career Pro Circuit doubles titles. Zacarias reached a career high WTA ranking of 181 in 2015.
The Women’s Hospital Classic Doubles Finals will be played after both semi-final singles matches. Winthrop teammates, Lauren Proctor and Alice Garcia beat the second seeded pairing of Cameron Morra and Salome Devidze 5-7, 6-1, 10-7. Lauren Proctor will be entering her junior year, while Garcia finished her Winthrop career last year after being named All-Conference.
Proctor and Garcia will play Lorraine Guillermo and Madeleine Kobelt. Guillermo has one career Pro Circuit doubles title, winning in Victoria, British Columbia in 2016. Kobelt will be playing in her first doubles finals in Evansville. Kobelt reached the semi-finals in 2013.
Saturday morning the Evansville Community Tennis Association with the help of local coaches will be hosting Family Day. Family day is open to anyone. Coaches will provide free instruction, games, and prizes for participants. Immediately following Family Day, the semi finals will begin.
Schedule of Play: 10:30am start time
Lorraine Guillermo vs Ann Li
Allie Kiick vs Marcela Zacarias
Alice Garcia / Lauren Proctor vs Lorraine Guillermo / Madeleine Kobelt