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FILE–Tennis star Alex Eala. –ALEX EALA PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — Alex Eala bowed out of contention in the women’s singles and doubles in the W25 Corroios-Seixal in Portugal on Thursday evening (Manila time).

The 17-year-old yielded to Alexandra Bozovic of Australia, 1-6, 6-4, 7-5, in the round of 16.

Eala recovered from a lethargic start and forced a third set, where Bozovic displayed composure to prevail after three hours and 15 minutes.

She opened her singles campaign with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 victory over Eva Guerrero Alvarez of Spain in the round of 32 on Wednesday.

The Rafael Nadal Academy scholar also bid farewell in the doubles.

Eala and Fil-Aussie partner Lizette Cabrera fell to the No.1 seed tandem of Justina Mikulskyte of Lithuania and Hong Kong’s Hong Yi Cody Wong, 5-7, 4-6, in the quarterfinals.

The pair opened their campaign with a walkover win before bombing out of contention.

A third professional singles title remained elusive for Eala, who last won a championship in W25 Chiang Rai last April.

Eala also absorbed a round of 16 exit in the W25 Palma del Rio singles and reached the doubles semis last week.


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