Alex Eala barges into W60 Vitoria-Gasteiz semifinal
MANILA, Philippines — Alex Eala reached the semifinals of the W60 Vitoria-Gasteiz after a dominant 6-1, 6-1 victory over Eden Silva of Great Britain on Friday evening (Manila time) in Spain.
The 17-year-old Filipino tennis ace bucked a first game loss and took full control of the next six to take the first set that paced her 5-0 start in the second, never looking back to complete her rousing quarterfinals win in the $60, 000 tournament.
Eala forged a semifinal duel against the No.3 seed Jessika Ponchet of France on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. (Manila time).
Good Quarterfinal win today! Semis tomorrow. Thanks to all the volunteer ball kids at this club.
Ponchet eliminated Eala in the round of 16 of W25 Palma del Rio, 6-2, 6-1, earlier this month.
Eala, who was awarded a walkover victory last Thursday after Taiwanese Lee Ya-hsuan retired in the third set, is making her second $60,000 semifinals appearance this year from a runner-up finish in the W60 Madrid last month.
The Rafael Nadal Academy scholar is eyeing her third pro title since winning her second in W25 Chiang Rai last April.