Eala, partner advance to semis of Roland Garros Juniors

Published June 10, 2021, 11:37 PM

by Kristel Satumbaga-Villar

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Alex Eala and Oksana Selekhmeteva survived Hungary’s Natalia Szabanin and Croatia’s Petra Marcinko, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (5), to reach the semifinals of the Roland Garros Girls Doubles on Thursday, June 10.

The top-seeded Filipino-Russian pair needed 1 hour and 39 minutes in outlasting their fifth-ranked foes to set up a duel with unseeded Italians Eleonora Alvisi and Lisa Pigato.

Alvisi and Pigato advanced with a quick 6-3, 6-0 thumping of Russia’s Tatiana Barkova and Belarus’ Aliona Falei.

Eala’s latest feat inched her closer to a second Grand Slam Girls Doubles title after winning the 2020 Australian Open with Indonesian partner Priska Madelyn Nugroho.

Selekhmeteva also seeks her second Grand Slam Girls Doubles crown after capturing the 2019 US Open with Latvia’s Kamilla Bartone.

Eala and Selekhmeteva squandered a 5-2 lead after losing the next four games, but held their composure during the tiebreak.

It was almost the same scenario in the second frame where Eala and Selekhmeteva’s 4-1 lead vanished with Sabanin and Marcinko tying it to 4-4 and 6-6, but the Filipino-Russian duo refused to be intimidated.