Alex Eala nails 2021 French Open girls doubles quarterfinals

Alex Eala and Russian partner Oksana Selekhmeteva barged into the 2021 French Open girls doubles quarterfinals on Tuesday, June 8, in Paris, France.

The top-seeded pair trounced the duo of Belgian Sofia Costoulas and Finland's Laura Hietaranta, 6-3, 6-1, in the second round of the doubles event.

After a neck-and-neck start in the match, Eala and Selekhmeteva broke serve to gain control and took the first set.

The No. 1 duo – that is coming off a runner-up finish in a women's doubles tournament – went up 4-0 in the second set and only allowed their opponents to break serve once before completing the dominant win.

The 16-year-old Filipina tennis ace is aiming for her second Grand Slam doubles title after getting booted out early in the first round of the singles event.

Eala is the reigning 2020 Australian Open girls doubles titlist with Indonesian Priska Nugroho.

In the 2020 edition of the Roland Garros, Eala became the first Filipino in 35 years since Felix Barrientos to clinch a junior Grand Slam semifinals berth. –

Beatrice Go

More commonly known as “Bee”, Beatrice is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Phillippine 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.