Red-hot Eala barges into Rancho Santa Fe quarters | Inquirer Sports
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Red-hot Eala barges into Rancho Santa Fe quarters

/ 05:20 AM October 08, 2022

 Alex Eala. AFP file photo

Alex Eala broke out of a tight fix in the first set before ripping Canada’s Katherine Sebov 7-6 (6), 6-2, to make it to the quarterfinals of her first $80,000 competition in the International Tennis Federation Women’s World Tennis Tour’s Rancho Santa Fe event.

The 17-year-old Filipino took complete command in the first game of the second set and pulled away from a 2-2 tie that sealed a showdown with world No. 229 Marcela Zacarias of Mexico on Saturday at 2 a.m. (Manila time).

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Zacarias, a seasoned 28-year-old, eliminated Hina Inoue, 6-1, 7-5.

“Amazing match in my first W80k Tournament here at the RSF Open. Thank you to all who cheered in person … and virtually. Tomorrow, QUARTER FINALS!” Eala posted on Facebook. “Laban! Vamos! Allez!”

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Eala, the Women’s Tennis Association’s No. 281, has been impressive in her first W80 tournament as she worked her way to the main draw after beating Deniza Marcinkevica of Latvia, 6-1, 6-3, and Alana Smith of United States, 6-0, 6-0, in the qualifying round.

The Filipino netter ousted American Dalayna Hewitt, 6-1, 2-6, 6-0, in the first round.

The Philippines’ first Grand Slam singles winner is eyeing her third professional title since winning a pair of championships in the W15 Manacor last year and the W25 Chiang Rai in Thailand last April.

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