Singles exit not dampening Eala's spirit as she faces French Open quarterfinals

Jun 10, 2021
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HAVING just turned 16 years old, Alex Eala is already doing an impressive job dealing with the ups and down of her jam-packed year.

In her latest foray in the clay courts of Stade Roland-Garros, she fell short to Great Britain’s Matilda Mutavdzic after a three-set match, 4-6, 7-6(4), 1-6, in the girls' singles tournament of the 2021 French Open.


    The Filipina ace, however, was quick to make up for the loss in the doubles department.

    She and her partner Russian Oksana Selekhmeteva — who were able to reach the finals of the W25 Platja D’Aro in Spain just last May — delivered back-to-back sweeps: first to Evialina Laskevich of Belarus and Alina Shcherbinina of Russia, 6-4, 6-4, in the first round; and then to Sofia Costoulas of Belarus and Laura Hietaranta of Finland, 6-3, 6-1, to secure a quarterfinals berth.

    On Wednesday night, Eala took her sentiments to social media — her first time to speak about the turn of events.

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    "Win some, lose some," she said. "Though I’m out of the Singles event, I’m glad the my partner Oksana and I are playing our Quarterfinals match tomorrow."

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    The top-seeded pair will next face fifth-seeded duo of Croatia's Petra Marcinko and Hungary's Natalia Szabanin on Thursday (Philippine time).

    Marcinko and Szabanin earlier trounced Czech Barbara Palicova and Canadian Annabelle Xu in straight sets, 6-3, 7-6(5) to claim their spot in the QF.

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    Both Eala and Selekhmeteva, 18 have Juniors Doubles Grand Slam titles under their belts.

    Alex also holds a maiden WTA title which she won last February in a $15,000 tournament in Spain.

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