MANILA, Philippines — Alex Eala reached the International Tennis Federation (ITF) singles semifinals for the second straight year this month, remaining unstoppable in the W40 Kyotec Open.
Eala, 18, dominated qualifier Jasmijn Gimbrere of the Netherlands 6-3, 6-2 in the quarterfinals on Friday evening (Manila time) in Petange, Luxembourg.
On Saturday evening, Eala, the ninth seed in the tournament, will face Anna-Lena Friedsam in the semifinals.
The Rafael Nadal Academy graduate looks to make her fifth International Tennis Federation (ITF) singles appearance in her second consecutive semi-final following her campaign at W60 Nantes, France, two weeks ago.
Eala has been dominating the tournament, starting her campaign with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Angelina Wirges of Germany in the first round before crushing qualifier Johanne Christine Svendsen of Denmark, 6-3, 6-1.
However, Eala was eliminated in the doubles semi-finals after she and Zeynep Sonmez of Turkiye lost to top seeds Ali Collins of Great Britain and Isabelle Haverlag of the Netherlands 6-2, 7-6(4).
Colin i Haverlag organized the championship match with the British tandem of Alicia Barnett and Samantha Sharan, who defeated the German pair of Tayisiya and Yana Morderger 6-1, 7-6 (2) in the second semi-final.