Alex Ella wins W25 Madrid quarterfinals, next to face doubles partner

Alex Ila in W25 Madrid.  -Alex Ila Photo

Alex Ila in W25 Madrid. -Alex Ila Photo

MANILA, Philippines – Alex Ella advanced to the quarterfinals of the W25 Madrid Tournament in Ciudad de la Raketa, Spain on Friday, and had a doubles match against his doubles partner Alice Robb of France.

The 18-year-old Filipino tennis star lost 4-4 in the second round of the singles tournament on Thursday to No. 4 seed Xiaodi UK of China 6-4, 6-2.

Ella, the World Tennis Association (WTA) World No. 419, made a strong 4-1 start in the first set and finished strong in the second set, knocking out the world number 296 UK.

The three-time Southeast Asian Games bronze medalist and his French partner Robe, who is ranked No. 8, are battling for a place in the next round of the Madrid tournament.

Robbie lost to Spaniard Marta Soriano Santiago 6-3, 6-4 to set up a showdown with his Filipino partner.

Ella and Robbie were knocked out of the quarterfinals of the W25 Madrid doubles last Wednesday, losing 0-6, 4-6 to Joe Hives of Australia and Katherine Sebv of Canada.

Rafael Nadal Academy Pundit is looking to see his third title in Madrid after his successful first-leg championship run at W15 Manacore in Spain last year and W25 Chiang Rai this year.

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