Eala, partner stumble in W25 Macon doubles

Published February 23, 2022, 1:39 PM

by Kristel Satumbaga-Villar

Photo from Tennis Club Macon

Alex Eala and French partner Alice Robbe yielded to their quarterfinal opponents Tuesday in the W25 Macon tournament in France.

Eala and Robbe, who earned an opening-round bye, succumbed to third seed Audrey Albie and Aubane Droguet of France, 6-4, 6-2, in the $25,000 tournament.

Despite the defeat, Eala is still in contention in the singles event where she is scheduled to face Russian Anna Ukolova in the first round.

The 16-year-old Filipino junior player had to go through the qualifiers to make it to the main draw, where she trounced local bets Helena Stevic, 6-0, 7-5, and Ines Nicault, 6-4, 6-3.

This is Eala’s fourth tournament in the women’s circuit this year. She was coming off a second-run finish at the W60 Grenoble in France two weeks ago after also undergoing two qualifying matches.