MANILA, Philippines — Alex Eala marched to the second spherical of the W60 Nantes after beating house netter Amandine Hesse, 6-3, 6-2, on Tuesday night (Manila time) in France.
The 18-year-old Filipino dominated Hesse to recover from the hump of back-to-back first-round exits in her final two Worldwide Tennis Federation (ITF) tournaments.
Eala acquired the higher of the 30-year-old French netter in service as she received 41 service factors towards the latter’s 27.
The Rafael Nadal Academy graduate, at present World No. 193, battles Zeynep Sonmez of Turkiye within the spherical of 16 on Wednesday night (Manila time).
Sonmez, Girls’s Tennis Affiliation (WTA) ranked 163, is the sixth seed of the match. She began her marketing campaign with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 win over native Chloe Noel.
Eala received a pair of bronze medals within the singles and combined doubles occasion within the nineteenth Asian Video games in Hangzhou, China. However her return to the professional circuit tournaments ended with two consecutive first-round eliminations within the Jasmin Open and Scottish Open.
The Filipino prodigy is eyeing her first singles ITF crown since her final championship within the W25 Roehampton final August.
Eala on Monday bowed out in W60 Nantes doubles after she and her Indonesian accomplice Jessy Rompies fell to Russians Ekaterina Reyngold and Ekaterina Maklakova, 6-1, 3-6, 6-10.
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