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.

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    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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