Teen tennis sensation Alexandra “Alex” Eala has surged to the Top 13 of the World Junior Rankings of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) after her stellar performance over the weekend at the Osaka Mayor’s Cup in Japan.
The Filipino international junior tennis star jumped 14 notches in the latest ITF rankings after securing a silver medal at the finals of the 2019 World Super Junior Tennis Championships held on October 20.
The 14-year-old Filipino netter racked up 1245 points to secure her Top 13 spot, the highest ranking for a Southeast Asian in the ITF rankings led by Diane Parry whom Eala battled in the Japan finals.
Alex Eala “produced some solid and aggressive tennis, as well as improving on her serve, combining sliced backhands with the nerve to pull off some drop shots,” says a Rafa Nadal Academy report about their student’s performance on the Japanese court.
Alex Eala went into the Japan tourney after winning her first individual championship at the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Juniors 18under Grade A Tournament in September held in Cape Town, South Africa.
The Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar player also secured historic
achievements for the Philippines this year.
Rafa Nadal Academy’s summary report on Eala’s performance this year notes how the Filipino netter made the country’s first appearance at a World Junior Tennis Finals since 1993 when she and her team competed in Prostejov, Czech Republic in August.
The report also praised Alex Eala’s performance at the US Open Junior tournament, “where she produced some wonderful tennis in her qualifying matches to reach the main draw of a Grand Slam for the first time in the category.”
Earlier this year, Eala also led the Philippines’ team to its first-ever Asia Oceania Championship title in Malaysia.
Alex Eala will be traveling next month to Miami to battle for the title.
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