FILIPINA tennis star Alex Eala saw her run in the J1 Roehampton come to a halt as she suffered a 4-6, 1-6 loss to Linda Fruhvirtova of the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals on Saturday morning (Philippine time) in London.
In a battle between two tennis phenoms, it was Fruhvirtova -- who is ranked no. 14 in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) juniors rankings -- that ultimately nabbed the victory to move on to the semifinals. She also gained a measure of revenge for the 6-3, 6-3 loss that Eala handed to her two years ago in the JA Cape Town in South Africa.
Despite the loss, the experience that Eala -- who is the no. 3 ranked juniors player in the world -- got from playing on the grass court is expected to pay off when she tries to win the Wimbledon juniors competition on July 5.
The day actually started on a high note for the Filipina as she took down 18-year-old Mara Guth of Germany in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2, in the third round. The victory reaffirmed Eala’s master of the German netter, who she has beaten three times in the last three years. She also has wins over Guth in the JA Osaka in 2019 and the Roland Garros Juniors Championships in 2020. (JNP)