Alex Eala suffers quarterfinal exit in W80 California

Alex Eala at the US Open 2022. –ALEX EALA FACEBOOK

Alex Eala at the US Open 2022. –ALEX EALA FACEBOOK

MANILA, Philippines – Alex Eala wrapped up her first $80,000 tournament with a quarter-final finish at the hands of Marcela Zacarias of Mexico, 2-6, 5-7, at W80 Rancho Santa Fe on Saturday ( Manila time) in California.

The 17-year-old Filipino recovered from a tough loss in the first set with a better display in the second half, where she was just one match away from forcing a goal with a 5-point lead. 4. But Zacarias, the world number 229 of the Women’s Tennis Association, fought back and completed a two-set victory in two hours and 16 minutes.

Marcela will face Elvina Kalieva in Sunday’s semi-final.

Eala’s third professional title remains elusive for her with the Philippines’ first Grand Slam singles winner last winning the pro championship in W25 Chiang Rai in Thailand last April.

But it was still an impressive first W80 for Academy pundit Rafael Nadal as she managed to secure the main draw after beating Latvia’s Deniza Marcinkevica, 6-1, 6-3, and Alana Smith of Latvia USA, 6-0, 6-0, in qualifying.

The Philippine tennis player knocked out Dalayna Hewitt of America, 6-1, 2-6, 6-0, in the first round before knocking down Katherine Sebov of Canada, 7-6 (6), 6-2, in the second round on Friday to reach the semi-finals.

Eala is currently number 281 in the world as of October 3, just one place behind the career head of 280 on August 1 of last year.

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