MANILA, Philippines – Alex Ella advanced to the second round of the W25 Madrid singles, but was knocked out of the doubles quarterfinals on Wednesday in Ciudad de la Raketa, Spain.
In the singles tournament, Filipino Prodigy started slowly, losing to Romania’s Arena Gabriela Vasilescu 5-6, 6-1, 6-2.
Ella, the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) World No. 419, recovered from a first-set defeat before dominating the 25-year-old Romanian, who is ranked 605th in the world.
In the second round on Thursday, 17-year-old Rafael Nadal will face Academy Scholar No. 4 seed Xiaodi Yu of China.
However, Ila and her French partner Alice Robbie lost 0-6, 4-6 to Joe Hives of Australia and Catherine Sebv of Canada in the doubles quarterfinals.
In the opening round on Tuesday, Ila and Robbie defeated No. 3 Alana Parnabi and Ivana Popovic of Australia 6-3, 6-3.
It was Ila and Rob’s exit from the second quarter-final after their position at the W25 Macon last February.
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