Alex Eala’s impressive French Open Juniors campaign ended Friday night after yielding to local bet Elsa Jacquemot, 6-3, 6-2, in the semifinal.
The second-seeded Eala struggled by dropping her serve six times against the hard-hitting French foe in the match that lasted 64 minutes.
Jacquemot, seeded third and also on her first French Open semis appearance like Eala, also banked on her winners to arrange a championship duel with Russsia’s Polina Kudermetova.
The fourth-picked Kudermetova survived unseeded compatriot Alina Charaeva, 7-6 (5), 2-6, 7-5.
Despite the defeat, Eala, a Globe ambassador, is expected to improve her International Tennis Federation (ITF) junior ranking of No. 4 at the end of the tournament.
Making into the semis was also an achievement as she also became the first Filipina to do so, matching Felix Barrientos’ feat in the 1985 Wimbledon Juniors.