Alex Eala failed to advance in the next round of the qualifying draw in the 2021 Miami Open on Tuesday morning at Hard Rock Stadium, Florida, USA.

/ 25 March 2021

Eala fell short in her campaign after losing in the first round of the qualifying match against Slovak Republic’s Viktoria Kuzmova, 6-4, 4-6, 2-6.

The Filipina ace, however, put up a gallant effort after being given a wild card entry in the prestige pocket tournament joined by the top-ranked Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) players in the world and as she made things tough for the much-higher ranked players.

Eala had a strong start, clinching the first set 6-4, before the 22-year-old foe, who once attained a world rank of No. 43, rallied back in the second and forced a decider.

The teen prodigy’s tint was cut short after a match with Kuzmova that lasted 2 hours and 21 minutes.

The 22-year-old Kuzmova advanced into the main draw where the likes of world No. 1 Ash Barty and Naomi Osaka will be competing.

“Transitioning from being a junior to a professional is a scary point in one’s career. I am unsure about what the future holds and there are a lot of ups and downs. My family never failed to support me and know they are rooting for in whatever I do,” she said in a release from WTA.

The 15-year-old Eala has been having a solid bid so far this year which she began by winning her first pro title.