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

To make up for a bit of the withdrawal from singles competitions in the first round on Monday, Alex Eala and her partner Oksana Selekhmeteva of Russia advanced to the French Open women’s doubles quarterfinal on Tuesday night after beating Sofia Costoulas. from Belgium and Laura Hietaranta from Finland. -3, 6-1.

Together they will seek a place in Final 8 when they face the winners between Barbara Palikova (Czech Republic) / Annabelle Xu (Canada) and Petra Marcinco (Croatia) / Natalia Szabanin (Hungary) to be played on Wednesday night.

Eala and Selekhmeteva, who reached the final of the W25 Platja D ‘Aro last month, are the main seeds of the match.

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

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

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

In other games in Paris, fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas beat No. 2 Daniil Medvedev in straight sets on Tuesday to advance to the French Open semifinals for the second year in a row and end the Russian’s surprise run on Parisian clay.

The Greek avenged his Australian Open semi-final loss to Medvedev earlier this year and improved his Grand Slam quarter-final record to 4-0 with a 6-3, 7-6 (3), 7- win. 5 that led to a quarterfinal clash. against the German Alexander Zverev.

—Reports by Marc Anthony Reyes and Reuters

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