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Alex Eala’s return spoiled by Russian foe

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Russia’s Darya Astakhova shattered Filipina teen sensation Alex Eala return, 2-6, 2-6, in the Round of 32 of the W25 Milovice tournament in Czech Republic.

This was Eala’s first tournament since competing US Open in September after sitting out for months due to a foot injury.

The 16-year-old clearly struggled with net rust, as it was her Russian foe who dictated the tempo throughout their matchup.

The 19-year-old Ashaktova ended the match in just one hour and 13 minutes.

This is already Eala’s 14th professional tourney this year.

She got her first-ever professional title in the first leg of the W15 Manacor in January, a doubles Grand Slam win in Rolland Garros, and twin ITF Juniors titles in Milan in June.