Alex Eala marches on to W25 Madrid singles second round | Inquirer Sports

Alex Eala marches on to W25 Madrid singles second round

/ 05:18 PM June 09, 2022
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MANILA, Philippines — Alex Eala advanced to the second round of the W25 Madrid singles, but suffered a quarterfinal exit in the doubles on Wednesday at Ciudad de la Raqueta in Spain.

The Filipino prodigy averted a slow start before taking down Romania’s Arina Gabriela Vasilescu, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2, to march on in the  singles tournament.

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Eala, Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) World No. 419, recovered from a first set loss before dominating the 25-year-old Romanian, who ranks No. 605 in the world.

The 17-year-old Rafael Nadal Academy scholar will take on No. 4 seed Xiaodi You of China in the second round on Thursday.

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However, Eala and her French partner Alice Robbe got eliminated in the doubles quarterfinals, falling to  Zoe Hives of Australia and Katherine Sebov of Canada, 0-6, 4-6.

Eala and Robbe stunned No.3  Alana Parnaby and Ivana Popovic of Australia, 6-3, 6-3, in the opening round on Tuesday.

It was the second quarterfinal exit of Eala and Robbe after their stint in the W25 Macon last February.

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