ALEX Eala made her first semifinals appearance as a professional on Saturday morning, outlasting Carole Monnet, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 in the quarterfinals in the W15 Monaco tournament on the Rafa Nadal Academy hardcourt in Spain.
After dominating the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Women’s no.2 ranked Seone Mendez of Australia, 6-4, 6-1 on Friday in the quarters, Eala had her hands full against world no. 14 Monnet this time around.
The Filipina tennis prodigy Eala lost a tiebreaker to Monnet, 19, in the first set, but bounced back in the second to win a tiebreaker of her own.
Eala, 15, then made sure there won’t be a tiebreaker anymore in the third set, as she made the semis of the competition after a three-hour hard-fought match.
With the win, Eala reset her best finish as a pro. Eala’s win over Mendez was her personal best then.
The Juniors world no. 3 Eala is set to face Adithya Karunaratne of Hong Kong later today. (Philippine time)