Filipina tennis star Alex Eala got ousted by Swiss netter Simona Waltert, 4-6, 6-2, 5-7, in the first round of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) World Tennis Tour W15 Manacor on Wednesday in Mallorca, Spain.
It was only a week ago when these two contenders duked it out in the W25 Manacor where the 15-year old got a 6-1, 6-4 win over Waltert who is seeded third in this tournament and is ranked no. 285 in the Women’s Tennis Association singles rankings.
This time around, though, the tables were turned as the 20-year old Waltert broke Eala’s serve and then held her own to grab the first set win, 6-4. Broken but not bowed, Eala ferociously fought back and broke Waltert’s serve twice to surge to a 5-1 lead in the second set before eventually capturing the second set, 6-2.
The third set saw Eala keep her momentum going to erect a 4-1 lead. However, Waltert rallied to tie the game at 4-4. Eala momentarily took the driver’s seat at 5-4 but Waltert dominated the next game to tie things up at 5-5.
Waltert then broke Eala’s serve to go up, 6-5. The Filipina had a chance to tie the game after Waltert double-faulted twice to give her a 40-0 lead. However, Waltert caught up before eventually taking the game, the set and the match that went on for almost three hours.
This was the first time that Eala has failed to move past the first round in six professional tournaments this year. She won her very first pro title in the first leg of the W15 Manacor back in January and then had three straight quarterfinal finishes before losing to Jana Fett of Croatia in the second round of the W25 Manacor last week. (JNP)