Alex Eala suffers another quarterfinals exit in pro tennis campaign

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 5) – Filipino tennis ace Alex Eala settled for another quarterfinal exit after bowing to her Russian foe in the third leg of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Women's World Tennis Tour competition in Manacor, Spain.

18-year-old Oksana Selekhmeteva simply dominated the 15-year old Eala in two sets, 2-6, 3-6, as the world no. 611 advances to the semifinals.

Eala struggled to match the momentum of Selekhmeteva in the first frame.

The Filipino tennis sensation regained her composure in the second set, as she scored the first point and managed to tie the frame at 3-3.

But Eala appeared to be weary against the more experienced Selekhmeteva as officials called a medical timeout for the Filipino. The Russian went all the way to finish the match and end Eala's campaign in the three-leg tournament.

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Eala ruled the tournament's first leg for her maiden pro title, then she had a quarterfinal finish in the second leg.

She made it to the top 1,000 list of the world's best female professional tennis players, occupying the 942nd spot in the latest Women's Tennis Association rankings. She was ranked 1,180th in the world rankings prior to the release of the latest WTA list.

Eala, training at the Rafael Nadal Academy in Spain managed by the 20-time Grand Slam champion, is also the third best female juniors' player in the world according to ITF.