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    Alex Eala stops Paar in rematch, moves to W60 third round 

    Apr 8, 2021
    PHOTO: Alex Eala/Facebook

    FILIPINA teen tennis sensation Alex Eala held off Laura loana Paar of Romania in three sets, 6(6)-7(8), 6-1, 6-0, to advance to the third round of the W60 Bellinzona in Switzerland on Thursday morning (Philippine time).

    The win also defended her rematch with the 32-year-old, whom she already defeated in a French $25,000 stint earlier this year.

    Eala rallied from a set down and blasted easy scores that limited WTA No. 2,016 Paar, who only escaped the first set with a tiebreaker, to just single points in the second and third sets of a match that lasted 2 hours and 15 minutes.

    It is her second victory in her first $60,000 tourney and her ninth pro this year. The Juniors World No. 3 also continues to improve her womens' rankings, where she’s currently at WTA No. 715.

    The 15-year-old will now move to the third round of the competition (16-man round) and will next face another former opponent, home bet Simona Waltert, on Thursday night.

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    This is already the third time they’ll meet on the court, with a win apiece for this faceoff of young netters. They crossed paths twice in the three-legged W15 Manacor in Spain.

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    Proud of her feat, Eala shared the news on her Facebook page and expressed gratitude for her fans’ continued support.

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    “So happy to win my match today. Thank you for continuing to cheer me on! #LexGo,” she said.

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