Eala, partner reaches the quarters; Tsitsipas up

FILE – Alex Eala of the Philippines trains for the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium on March 24, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida. AFP

Catching up a bit for withdrawing from singles competitions in the first round on Monday, Alex Eala and partner Oksana Selekhmeteva of Russia reached the quarter-finals of the women’s doubles at Roland Garros on Tuesday night after beating Belgium’s Sofia Costoulas and Finland’s Laura Hietaranta, -3, 6-1.

Together, they will try to qualify for Final 8 when they face the winners between Barbara Palikova (Czech Republic) / Annabelle Xu (Canada) and Petra Marcinco (Croatia) / Natalia Szabanin (Hungary) which will be played on Wednesday evening.

Eala and Selekhmeteva, who reached the W25 Platja D’Aro final last month, are the top seeds in the competition.

They broke in in the second round with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Evialina Laskevich of Belarus and Alina Shcherbinina of Russia.

Eala withdrew from the singles competition after a 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-1 loss to Matilda Mutavdzic of Great Britain last Monday.

But the 16-year-old Filipino star is hoping to clinch her second women’s Grand Slam doubles title after the 2020 Australian Open with Indonesian Priska Nugroho.

In other matches in Paris, fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas beat world number 2 Daniil Medvedev on Tuesday in straight sets to advance to the Roland Garros semi-finals for the second year in a row and end the race. surprise of the Russian on Parisian clay.

The Greek took revenge for his Australian Open semi-final loss to Medvedev this year and improved his Grand Slam quarter-final record to 4-0 with a 6-3, 7- victory. 6 (3), 7-5 which sparked a clash in the last four games. against the German Alexander Zverev.

—Reports by Marc Anthony Reyes and Reuters

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