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Alex Eala makes it to the second round of W80 California


Alex Eala enters the W60 Madrid Final.

FILE – Tennis runner-up Alex Eala. –ALEX EALA FACEBOOK

MANILA, Philippines – Alex Eala advanced to the second round of W80 Rancho Santa Fe after defeating Dalayna Hewitt of the United States in three sets, 6-1, 2-6, 6-0, on Thursday (Manila time) at California .

The 17-year-old Filipino dropped the second set but she quickly regained momentum in the deciding set, beating Hewitt to advance to the round of 16 of the $80,000 tournament.

Eala duel in the quarter-final against Katherine Sebov of Canada on Friday (Manila time).

Sebov, who is currently number 280 in the Women’s Tennis Association, defeated seventh seed Carol Zhao, 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2, to reach the second round.

Eala, ranked 281st in the world, empty Alana Smith6-0, 6-0, to reach the main draw.

Academy Scholar Rafael Nadal has been second round exit in W60 Templeton.

The first Filipino to win a Grand Slam singles title is eyeing her third professional crown after winning a pair of titles at last year’s W15 Manacor and W25 Chiang Rai last April.

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