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Alex Eala overcomes Spanish foe, advances to W25 Portugal second round

/ 03:15 PM July 07, 2022
Alex Eala at W25 Palma del Rio.

FILE– Tennis player Alex Eala. –ALEX EALA FACEBOOK

MANILA, Philippines — Alex Eala fended off Eva Guerrero Alvarez of Spain, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2, in the round of 32 of the W25 Corroios Seixal in Portugal on Wednesday (Manila time).

The 17-year-old tennis star advanced to the second round against Alexandra Bozovic of Australia on Thursday.

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Eala was also triumphant in the women’s doubles as she and Filipino-Australian partner Lizette Cabrera earned a walkover victory over Mariana Galvao Borges and Maria Beatrix Teixeira.

Eala and Cabrera battle Justina Mikulskyte and Hong Yi Cody Wong in the quarterfinals.

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The Rafael Nadal Academy scholar is coming off a stint in the W25 Palma del Rio last week.

She absorbed a round of 16 exit in the women’s singles, losing to Jessika Ponchet of France, 6-2, 6-1.

The Filipino prodigy and Spanish partner Marina Bassols Ribera reached the Palma del Rio doubles semifinal but yielded to Russia’s Valeria Savinykh and Hungary’s Fanni Stollar, 6-2, 6-0.

Eala is eyeing her third pro singles title since W25 Chiang Rai last April. She is also hunting for her first doubles crown.

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