Saturday, July 31, 2021

Alex Eala, Andorran partner, ousted in quarterfinals of W25 Madrid doubles

Alex Eala and her Andorran partner faltered in the W25 Madrid doubles competition and got ousted in the quarterfinals. (Alex Eala Facebook page)

Filipina tennis star Alex Eala and Andorran partner Victoria Jimenez Kasintsevas got beaten by American Ashley Lahey and Australian Olivia Tjandramulia, 5-7, 6-4, 6-10, in the doubles competition of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) World Tennis Tour W25 Madrid at the Ciudad de la Raqueta in Spain.

The defeat ended what was a dreadful day for the gifted 16-year-old, who lost to fifth-seed Andrea Lazaro Garcia of Spain, 6-2, 4-6, 4-6, to bow out of the singles competition earlier in the day.

In the doubles contest, the pair of Eala and Jimenez Kasintsevas got off to a superb start as they led 3-0. However, the Lahey-Tjandramulia found their bearings and won the next four games to go in front, 4-3. The game ended up being tied at 5-5 but Lahey and Tjandramulia broke Eala and Jimenez Kasintsevas’s serve to go up, 6-5, and then, held their serve to win the first set, 7-5.

Eala and Jimenez Kasintsevas found themselves in trouble in the second set as they trailed, 1-3. Fortunately, they found their second wind and won four straight games, capped off by a break of their opponents’ serve to move in front, 5-3. The Lahey-Tjandramulia retaliated with a break of their own to stay alive, 4-5, but Eala and Jimenez Kasintsevas answered with another break to capture the second set, 6-4, and force a third set decider

In the race to 10 affair, the Eala-Jimenez Kasintsevas got off to a 3-0 lead but could not sustain their momentum, committing two double faults to trail, 4-5. With momentum on their side, the Lahey-Tjandramulia duo eventually cruised to the 10-6 win in the third set to secure the match and a place in the semifinals. (JNP)


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