The unseeded Eala and Justine Mikulskyte fired at all angles to stun German fourth seed Vivian Heisen and Julia Lohoff, 7-5, 6-4, to inch closer to the title in this $60,000 tournament.
The victory came a day after Eala and Mikulskyte routed hometown bets Ela Platenikova and Nina Vargova, 6-1, 6-0, to jumpstart their campaign.
Eala and Mikulskyte, however, will have their hands full in their next match as they set up a duel with British top seeds Alicia Barnett and Olivia Nicholls, who downed Great Britain’s Emily Webley-Smith and Slovakia’s Veronika Erjavec, 6-2, 7-5.
The doubles win somehow erased the stigma of Eala’s second round defeat in the singles where the 17-year-old Filipina tennis sensation succumbed to British Sonay Kartal, 6-2, 6-2.
A triumph for Eala against Kartal could have arranged her a quarters meeting with Ukrainian fourth seed Daria Snigur, who outclassed Serbian qualifier Lola Radivojevic, 6-2, 6-1.
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