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Alex Eala falls short of W60 title in Spain vs home bet

Delfin Dioquino
Alex Eala falls short of W60 title in Spain vs home bet

TOUGH LOSS. Alex Eala falters in her bid to capture a third pro title.

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Alex Eala bows to Spain's Marina Bassols Ribera in the finals of the Open ITF Arcadis Brezo Osuna

MANILA, Philippines – Alex Eala fell short of her first W60 pro title after a 4-6, 5-7 loss to home bet Marina Bassols Ribera in the finals of the Open ITF Arcadis Brezo Osuna in Madrid, Spain, on Sunday, June 19.

Eala squandered a 5-0 lead in the second set as Bassols Ribera authored an improbable comeback to rule the $60,000 tournament.

Five years older, Bassols Ribera won seven straight games to stun the 17-year-old Filipina, who saw her streak of wins over seeded opponents come to a screeching halt.

The unseeded Eala bested No. 11 Daniela Seguel of Chile, 6-1, 6-2, and No. 7 Yvonne Cavalle-Reimers of Spain, 0-6, 6-2, 7-5, to reach the last eight, where she upset third seed Jaimee Fourlis of Australia, 6-1, 6-4, to advance.

She then clobbered Canadian 16th seed Katherine Sebov in a 6-2, 6-1 win to qualify for the finals with a chance of bagging her third pro title following victories in the W15 Manacor in Spain and W25 Chiang Rai in Thailand.

But the 14th seed Bassols Ribera – whose career-high WTA ranking is No. 272 – proved too strong for Eala.

A win away from forcing a deciding set, Eala lost serve in the 11th game as Bassols Ribera completed the come-from-behind victory. – Rappler.com

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.