Alex Eala and Lithuanian partner Justina Mikulskyte made their title campaign felt in the women’s doubles after thrashing their Slovakian counterparts in the W60 Trnava 2ndEmpire Women’s Indoor Tennis Tournament in Slovakia Wednesday, March 8 (Thursday in Manila).
Eala, partner advance to doubles quarters in Slovakian tourney
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Alex Eala and Lithuanian partner Justina Mikulskyte made their title campaign felt in the women’s doubles after thrashing their Slovakian counterparts in the W60 Trnava 2nd Empire Women’s Indoor Tennis Tournament in Slovakia Wednesday, March 8 (Thursday in Manila).The unseeded duo displayed chemistry in ousting hometown bets Ela Platenikova and Nina Vargova, 6-1, 6-0, to barge into the quarterfinals of the $60,000 event.
Wasting no time in routing their rivals, Eala and Mikulskyte’s triumph arranged a meeting with fourth seed Vivian Heisen and Julia Lohoff.
The German tandem had to dig deep in outlasting Russian Maria Bondarenko and Romanian Ilona Georgiana Ghioroaie, 6-4, 7-5.
Meanwhile, Eala currently plays Great Britain’s Sonay Kartal in the second round singles after an easy 6-1, 6-0 upset victory over Spain’s Leyre Romero Gormaz Tuesday, March 7 (Wednesday in Manila).
A singles victory for Eala would book her a quarters seat and would arrange her a date with the winner between Serbian qualifier Lola Radivojevic and Ukrainian fourth pick Daria Snigur.
Both Radivojevic and Snigur swept their first-round foes, with the Serbian besting fellow qualifier Elena Malygina of Estonia, 7-5, 6-1, and the Ukrainian edging wildcard bet Renata Jamrichova of Serbia.
This was only Eala’s fourth appearance in the pro circuit this year as she aims for a third career pro title following victories in the W15 Manacor in 2021 and W25 Chiang Rai last year.