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Eala bows out in us open girls singles

FILIPINO tennis ace Alex Eala bowed out of the US Open Girls singles tournament, losing to unseeded Swiss Sebastianna Scilipoti, 5-7, 3-6, early Friday (Philippine time) at the USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York.

The second seeded Eala could not match up against Scilipoti in the crucial parts of the contest delayed by hours due to rains.

The 16-year-old Eala, who was playing her third match in 28 hours, even had to take a medical timeout heading into the eighth game of the second set, as she looked worn out, trailing Sclipoti at 3-4.

When play resumed, Sclipoti won the next three games capped by a backhand error from Eala.

Eala couldn’t capitalize on her serves as the 18-year-old Scilipoti broke her multiple times. Eala’s errors also spelled doom for her campaign as she incurred 45 unforced errors and nine double faults in the match that lasted for one hour and 42 minutes.

Nonetheless, this is still Eala’s best performance at the US Open, reaching the quarterfinals for the first time.

Eala, though, is still alive in the girls doubles event with Belgian partner Hanne Vandewinkel. The duo was scheduled to face the American tandem of Madison Sieg and Elizabeth Coleman in the quarterfinal round early Saturday. The match was originally scheduled for Friday morning, but was postponed to Saturday due to the heavy downpour.

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