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Eala slides

John Bryan Ulanday (The Philippine Star) - March 12, 2021 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — After a fiery start this year, Alex Eala has suddenly gone into a slump with a second straight early exit in ITF play.

Eala fell short in a rematch with Swiss Simona Waltert, absorbing a 4-6, 6-2, 5-7 first round loss in W15 Manacor Wednesday in Mallorca, Spain.

It’s the second consecutive quick exit for the 15-year-old ace after succumbing to Croatia’s Jana Fett, 6-4, 3-6, 5-7, in the second round of the W25 Manacor last week.

In the same tourney, Eala got the better of the WTA No. 285 Waltert, 6-1, 6-4, in the first round.

Eala appeared headed for a repeat win in taking a 4-2 lead in the deciding set in the rematch. But Waltert grinded out five of the next six games to pull off the sweet revenge.

 

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