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Alex Eala misses 1st pro quarters chance due to canceled tourney

Alex Eala was set for a 2nd round clash for a maiden pro quarterfinals berth, but organizers eventually canceled the ITF $15k Castellon tournament.

Organizers decided to cancel the tournament after postponing it for 3 days due to inclement weather in Castellon, Spain.

After upsetting 24-year-old Spaniard Alba Carrillo Marin in the opening round, the Filipina teen tennis sensation was slated to face Russia's Oksana Selekhmeteva, who also entered the tournament as a junior reserved player like Eala. 

But Eala announced on her Facebook page that she and her coach Mati Muñoz will return to Rafael Nadal Academy instead.

"After I won my first match, there were 3 days of postponed Round 2 matches. Today, this ITF $15k Women’s Pro Tournament in Castillón, Spain was just cancelled. So for now, it’s back to RNA for me and Coach Mati," wrote Eala.

This is the first major tournament Eala joined since her 2020 French Open juniors stint, where she nailed a historic semifinals finish.

Eala set another career performance after becoming the first Filipina to nail a last 4 berth in a junior Grand Slam, following Felix Barrientos 35 years ago in the 1985 Wimbledon juniors tournament. (FAST FACTS: Who is teen tennis sensation Alex Eala?)

The juniors world No. 2 aims to join a mix of women's tournaments and high-level juniors tournaments this year. – Rappler.com

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.

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