Alex Eala recovered from a slow start and bested Linda Noskova of Czech Republic, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, to book a semifinal berth in the French Open Juniors Championships on Thursday night.
The second-seeded Eala had to dig deep by winning nine break points to survive the match in almost two hours.
The feat made Eala the first Filipina to make it to the Grand Slam semifinals, matching Felix Barrientos’ accomplishment in 1985 at the Wimbledon Juniors.
It also assured Eala a new career-high ranking at the International Tennis Federation juniors after entering the tournament at No. 4.
Eala, 15, will battle third seed Elsa Jacquemot of France, a 6-4, 6-4 winner over 10th pick Kristina Dmitruk of Belarus.