Alex Eala, partner reach W25 Madrid quarterfinals
MANILA – Alex Eala and French partner Alice Robbe stunned No.3 Alana Parnaby and Ivana Popovic of Australia, 6-3, 6-3, in the W25 Madrid tournament opening round on Tuesday at Ciudad de la Raqueta in Spain.
Coming off her three bronze-medal finish in the 31st Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi, Vietnam, the Filipino teen tennis star reached the quarterfinals with Robbe in the doubles event.
The Filipino-French tandem took down the Aussie pair in 1 hour and 8 minutes to forge a duel with Aussie Zoe Hives and Canadian Katherine Sebov on Wednesday evening (Manila time).
Eala and Robbe are seeking to surpass their quarterfinal finish in the W25 Macon doubles tournament in France last February.
Eala, who won three SEA Games bronze medals from the women’s team event, singles, and mixed doubles with Treat Huey, will also compete in the W25 Madrid singles draw against Arina Gabriela Vasilescu of Romania on Wednesday.
Eala, world No. 419, is facing a 25-year-old Romanian, who ranks No. 605.
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