Alex Eala settles for runner-up honors in W60 Madrid

Alex Eala fell short on her bid of a third pro title after bowing to hometown bet Marina Bassols Ribera, 6-4, 7-5, in the W60 Madrid International Tennis Federation (ITF) tournament in Spain Sunday.

Photo from Rafa Nadal Academy

Eala, 17, couldn’t find the right combination to upset the 14th seed Ribera to settle for the runner-up honors.

It was still a big achievement for Eala despite the defeat as it was her best finish in a $60,000 tournament.

Even the Rafa Nadal Academy, where she has been a scholar for the past years, congratulated Eala’s feat.

“Congrats on your amazing week, Alex Eala!” the academy’s social media page wrote.

In her last $60,000 event in Grenoble, France last February, Eala had to undergo two qualifying matches before finishing in the second round.

Eala only dropped a single set prior to her finals loss. Her earlier wins came from Bulgaria’s Lia Karatancheva, 6-4, 6-4; Chile’s Daniela Seguel, 6-1, 6-2; Spain’s Yvonne Cavalles-Reimers, 0-6, 6-2, 7-5; Australia’s Jaimee Fourlis, 6-1, 6-4; and Canada’s Katherine Sebov, 6-2, 6-1.

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