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Alex Eala barges into first pro doubles final

Beatrice Go
Alex Eala barges into first pro doubles final

FINALIST. Alex Eala makes her second pro finals appearance since she won her maiden women's title in January.

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Alex Eala and Russian partner Oksana Selekhmeteva are one win away from a women's doubles title

Filipina teen tennis sensation Alex Eala is on the verge of copping another professional title – but this time in the doubles event.

Eala and her partner Russian Oksana Selekhmeteva advanced to the final of the women’s $25,000 tournament in Platja D’aro, Spain, on Friday, May 21 (Saturday, May 22, Manila time).

The mixed-nationality duo defeated the Dutch pair of Isabelle Haverlag and Suzan Lamens, 6-3, 6-1, to put themselves a win away from a pro doubles title.

They will face Lithuanian Justina Mikulskyte and Romanian Oana Georgeta Simion on Saturday.

The 15-year-old Filipina last made a women’s final appearance in January when she won her maiden pro title in the singles event of the ITF Rafa Nadal Academy World Tennis Tour tournament.

In the singles event of the Platja D’aro tournament, Eala fell to home bet Irene Burillo Escorihuela on Thursday, May 20.

Eala was able to qualify for the main draw of the clay tournament via the junior exempt program.

This is where the top-ranked juniors players are allotted a number of pro tournament spots within the year.

This will allow Eala to warm up for the 2021 French Open juniors tournament, where she was accepted in the main draw.

The Filipina tennis ace hopes to surpass her breakthrough semifinal finish in the previous edition’s girls singles event. – Rappler.com

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Beatrice Go

More commonly known as Bee, Beatrice Go is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Philippine sports governance, national teams, football, and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.