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French Open: Alex Eala, Russian partner face current champs in girls doubles semi


   Filipino Alex Eala and Russian Oksana Selekhmeteva

Filipino Alex Eala and Russian Oksana Selekhmeteva in the French Open. ALEX EALA FACEBOOK

Filipino Alex Eala and Russian Oksana Selekhmeteva are staring at a Grand Slam final. But first, they will have to dethrone the current French Open juniors doubles champs.

They will face in the semifinals late Friday Eleonora Alvisi and Lisa Pigato of Italy, who are just warming up the crown they won last October.

Top seeds Eala and Selekhmeteva withstood the challenge of fifth seeds Petra Marcinko of Croatia and Natalia Szabanin of Hungary (7-6 (7), 7-6 (5), late Thursday.

They clash at Court 14 starting at around 11 p.m., Manila time.

A win would give Eala a shot at another Grand Slam doubles title, counting the 2020 Australian Open trophy with Priska Nugroho of Indonesia.

Her partnership with Selekhmeteva had previously reached final but it was in the pros when they finished runners-up in the W25 Platja D’Aro in Spain last month.

Alvisi and Pigato disposed of Russian Tatiana Barkova and Belarusian Aliona Falei (6-3, 6-0) in the other quarterfinals Friday.

Pigato, 18, and Alvisi, 16, who entered this year’s tourney unseeded, turned back Russians Maria Bondarenko and Diana Shnaider (7-6 (3), 6-4) to win Roland Garros last year.

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