Alex Eala ends first W60 tournament campaign with loss to Swiss foe

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 9) – Filipino tennis ace Alex Eala ended her first W60 tournament campaign on Friday (Philippine time) after being beaten by hometown bet Simona Waltert in three sets, 5-7, 6-3, 2-6, at Bellinzona, Switzerland.

Eala had a strong start in the first set after she held a 4-1 lead, but Waltert delivered timely aces and break points to win six of the next seven games as the Swiss gained a set advantage.

The 15-year-old Filipino made sure not to relinquish her lead in the second set after getting a couple of break points to force a deciding third frame, 6-3.

In the final set, Waltert took advantage of a weary Eala through her masterful break points as the Swiss tennis star closed the match with a 6-2 victory.

Waltert, ranked 284th in the world, will face Croatia's Jana Fett in the quarterfinals.

The Swiss tennis ace notched her second win in three meetings against Eala this year, also defeating the Filipino in a W15 meet last March 10. Eala swept Waltert in the opening round of the International Tennis Federation W25 World Tennis Tour last March 3.

Eala's currently enjoys her career-high in the latest Women's Tennis Association rankings, where she is now world no. 715. The Rafa Nadal Academy standout remains the third-best female juniors' tennis player in the world according to the ITF.