Eala barges into quarters vs former world No. 1 doubles player Sara Errani in Italy tilt


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    Alex Eala crushed her fellow unseeded rival to arrange a thrilling quarterfinal showdown with former world No. 1 doubles player Sara Errani in the Veneto Open in Gaiba, Italy on Thursday, June 20.

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    Alex Eala books her first WTA quarterfinals appearance at the Veneto Open. (Tournament site)

    The 19-year-old Eala overpowered local bet Giorgia Pedone, 6-3, 6-3, for her first-ever quarters appearance in a Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) event.

    But her skills will be put to test anew as she faces hometown star and fourth seed Errani, who survived the gritty plays of Ukraine’s Katarina Zavatska, 7-6 (4), 7-5.

    This wouldn’t be the first time that Eala and Errani are facing each other. The Filipina tennis sensation hopes to duplicate her previous feat against the five-time Grand Slam doubles champion at the first qualifying round of the Miami Open last March where she prevailed 6-3, 6-1.

    Her latest performance is also a big boost in her bid for the qualifying round of the 2024 Wimbledon set on July 1.

    Prior to beating Pedone, Eala opened her campaign in her second grass tournament with a 6-3, 7-5 triumph over France’s Carole Monnet.