Eala suffers heartbreaker

Alex Eala suffered a heartbreaking 6-2, 4-6, 0-6 loss against Katarzyna Kawa of Poland in the second round of the W60 Templeton women’s singles tournament at Templeton Tennis Ranch in California Friday.

Kawa, No. 163 in the Women’s Tennis Association rankings, needed two hours and 24 minutes to eliminate the No. 291-rated Eala and advance to the quarterfinal.

The 29-year-old Polish netter will face Robin Montgomery of the United States in the next round.

Eala made quick work yesterday of Shavit Kimchi of Israel, 6-0, 6-0, to book a match with Kawa.

The Rafael Nadal Academy scholar also dropped her doubles tournament after she and Alice Robbe of France against the American pair of Madison Brengle and Whitney Osuigwe, 6-7, 6-3, 6-10, in the first round.

This is one of the two tournaments for the 17-year-old US Open champion in California before flying back to Manacor, Spain.

Eala will now focus her attention on the W80 Rancho Santa Fe on 3 October.

Elsewhere, Francis Casey Alcantara and Pruchya Isaro of Thailand blew past Tommaso Compagnucci of Italy and Coleman Wong of Hong Kong, 6-0, 6-3, in the quarterfinals of the M25 Tay Ninh tournament at Tay Ninh, Vietnam.

Alcantara and Isaro will face the third seed pair of Blake Bayldon of New Zealand and Ajeet Rai of Australia in the semifinal.

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