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    Alex Eala rallies past Spanish foe to book another quarterfinal spot

    Feb 11, 2021

    ALEX Eala edged Spanish Cristina Busca, 2-6, 6-3, 7-6(8), in a grueling extended match to secure a quarterfinal slot in the International Tennis Federation W25 Grenoble Thursday night in Grenoble, France.

    Eala rallied from a set down as the 23-year-old foe established a strong start taking the first set swiftly. Busca is the seventh-seed in the tournament and is ranked 164th in Womens Tennis Association.

    The Filipina ace however established her momentum mid-second set, sustained her pace until the end (6-3) to force yet another decider with the Spain bet, who already has four pro titles under her belt.

    The final set saw a see-saw of scoring exchange between the two, tying the game in several deuces at 6(8)-6(8), before Alex eventually took over the match that lasted for two hours and 33 minutes.

    In her previous match in the first round, the 15-year-old also squeaked past Romanian Laura Loana Paar in three sets.

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      Eala, who’s currently ranked 903rd in the WTA, is now on her fourth straight pro contest this year, after her stint at the three-week W15 Manacor last January, where she won her maiden title in the Womens Singles.

      This tournament, however, is her first $25,000 for this year as she is allowed to join two more of the same type and two of $60,000. This is an opportunity she earned after finishing as one of the top players in the Juniors last year.

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