Alex Eala labors to reach quarterfinals in Milan

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Filipino tennis star Alex Eala on the Wimbledon. ALEX EALA FACEBOOK

MANILA, Philippines–Alex Eala is beginning to really feel the crunch of being the highest seed as she struggled to get by the singles quarterfinals Thursday evening (in Manila) within the Trofeo Bonfiglio in Milan, Italy.

The 16-year-old FIlipina struggled together with her service recreation and needed to waste two match factors earlier than scoring a hard-earned 7-6 (3), 4-6, 7-5 victory over Ksenia Zaytseva of Russia.

The Rafael Nadal Academy scholar will face within the quarters Sofia Costoulas of Belgium who superior with equally powerful 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (7) win over Georgia Pedone of Italy.

Eala, world No. 3 in juniors, yielded 9 service video games in opposition to the unseeded Zaytseva — who’s ranked No. 77 on the planet — within the Grade A event performed on clay floor.

The Russian even took a 5-3 lead within the deciding set however the Filipina refused to surrender, holding serve within the ninth recreation earlier than hacking out a pivotal break to tie the set.

Using on that momentum, Eala rapidly held within the subsequent recreation however needed to chip away on the Russian’s serve to wrap issues up after three hours of motion.

Eala continues to be in operating in doubles as she and American accomplice Madison Sieg have been to face Zaytseva and Yaroslava Basrtashevich of Russia later Thursday evening (in Manila).

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