Alex Eala ended her stint in the women’s $25,000 (W25) tournament in Madrid, Spain on Wednesday, June 16, after crashing out of the doubles event.
Eala and partner Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva fall to the pair of American Ashley Lahey and Australian Olivia Tjandramulia, 7-5, 4-6, 10-6, in the quarterfinals.
The junior Filipino-Andorran pair shocked their opponents at the start by going up 3-0, but Lahey and Tjandramulia fought back with four straight games to take the lead.
After losing the opening set in extended fashion, Eala and Jimenez Kasintseva showed resilience by rebounding from a 3-1 deficit with three straight games to go up 5-3 and even the match.
In the neck-and-neck third set, Eala and Jimenez Kasintseva committed a pair of double faults that surrendered the momentum to their opponents, who steadily closed out the match.
The 16-year-old Filipina played her second game of the day after she crashed out of the singles event.
Eala was able to qualify for the main draw of the Madrid event via the International Tennis Federation (ITF) junior exempt program.
This is where the top-ranked juniors players are allotted a number of pro tournament spots within the year. – Rappler.com