FILE–Filipino tennis star Alex Eala. –Megan Briggs/Getty Images/AFP

MANILA, Philippines — Alex Eala ended her Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Mutua Madrid Open campaign with a tough loss to World No. 30 Sorana Cirstea of Romania in three sets, 3-6, 7-6(6), 4-6, on Friday (Manila time) in Spain.

The 18-year-old Filipino fought back from a tough first-set loss and a 5-3 deficit in the second set. She tied the frame at 5-all and getting the better of the Romanian in the extension after the latter committed a costly error that allowed for a deciding third set.

However, Eala couldn’t sustain her 3-1 start in the third after Cirstea stole the momentum winning five of the next six games to advance to the next round.

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Eala missed the chance to face the World No.1 Iga Swiatek, who will be taking on Cirstea in the round of 32 on Saturday.

Despite the second-round exit, the Rafael Nadal Academy graduate still earned her biggest win in her pro career so far after eliminating World No. 41 Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, on Tuesday.

Eala, currently the World No.170, saw action in the WTA Masters 1000 event as a wild card.

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