MANILA, Philippines – Alex Eala marched on to the quarterfinal round of the W80 Poiters tournament in France after dispatching Russian veteran Vitalia Diatchenko in a 6-4, 6-3 sweep on Thursday, October 27.
Coming off three straight conquests of hometown bets – the last being Jessika Ponchet in a nail-biting 6-2, 5-7, 7-6 (6) finish – the 17-year-old tennis sensation was once again pushed to the limit against a foe 15 years her senior after climbing out of a 4-4 tie in the first set and a small 4-3 lead in the second.
However, Eala banked on her considerable top-level experience despite her age and twice ran away with the last two games in both sets to complete the hard-earned sweep.
The 2022 US Open juniors champion now awaits the winner of the round of 16 match between Chinese bet Xinyu Wang and Croatia’s Ana Konjuh in the $80,000 tournament.
Eala, meanwhile, was not as fortunate over at the doubles tournament after she and Croatian partner Petra Marcinko fell to the Czech duo of Miriam Kolodziejova and Marketa Vondrousova, 5-7, 2-6.
Eala and Marcinko looked terrific to start the tournament after easily taking care of Russian foes Yuliya Hatouka and Iryna Shymanovich, 6-2, 6-3, in the opening round.
However, the doubles crown was not meant to be as their Russian conquerors now move on to the semifinal to face Swiss tennister Conny Perrin and Taiwna’s Fang-Hsien Wu. – Rappler.com