MANILA, Philippines – Alex Eala got the boot in the W60 Hamburg in Germany as she crashed out of the second round on Thursday, October 20 (Friday, October 21, Manila time).
Top seed Ysaline Bonaventure of Belgium proved too much to handle for Eala as the Filipina absorbed a 6-4, 6-0 loss.
Fresh from notching a career-high WTA ranking of No. 248, Eala overcame a first-set loss when she dispatched Ekaterina Kazionova of Russia in a 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 win in the first round two days ago.
But the 17-year-old could not replicate the same feat as Bonaventure – who is 11 years older and ranked significantly higher at No. 118 – made quick work of Eala in just 1 hour and 33 minutes.
Eala forged a 4-4 tie in the opening set after breaking Bonaventure in the eighth game, but she lost serve in the ninth game before the Belgian clinched the set after a marathon 10th game that saw four deuces.
Bonaventure then blanked Eala in the second set as she advanced to the quarterfinals.
Up next for Eala – the reigning US Open girls’ champion – is the W80 Poitiers in France that will run from October 24 to 30. – Rappler.com