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Filipino tennis sensation Alex Eala suffered another heartbreaking quarterfinal defeat after falling to unseeded Polish opponent Maja Chwalinska, 0-6, 4-6, in W25 Grenoble in France Friday, Feb. 12 (Friday night, Manila time).

Tied at 4-4 in the second set, Chwalinska showed who’s boss in the end game after grabbing two straight games en route to the victory which lasted for a total of one hour and 16 minutes.

Eala had the chance to turn the tables earlier after recovering from a 0-2 slump with refined touch in the service area, winning three consecutive games for a 3-2 lead but Chwalinska proved to be too much for the Filipino youngster.

Chwalinska, ranked No. 220 in the Women’s Tennis Association, swept Eala in the first set using efficient service and capitalizing on the Filipino’s three double faults.

The 19-year-old netter from Poland also scored all three break points in the opening canto.

Eala, who plays in her second $25,000 tournament as a junior exempt, has taken down Laura-Iona Paar of Romania and Cristina Bucsa of Spain before the quarterfinal loss

The No. 3 ITF Junior netter had a successful three-leg campaign in the W15 Manacor in Spain where she won her first pro title in January before reaching the quarterfinal in both second and third leg early this month.

Chwalinksa, for her part, will face the winner of the ongoing match between Clara Tauson of Denmark and Maryna Zanevska of Belgium.

Source: Manila Bulletin (