The Philippines’ Alexandra “Alex” Eala has taken the No. 2 spot in the World Juniors tennis circuit after her historic run to the semi-finals of the 2020 Roland Garros French Open tournament.
The 1st-ever Filipina semi-finalist in a junior Grand Slam tourney leaped 2 spots higher in the current standings of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) updated on October 12, 2020.
The Filipina teen sensation had earlier this year surged to World No. 4 spot after winning the Australian Open Doubles title.
The 15-year-old athlete overtook Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva of Andorra and French Diane Parry – both former World No. 1s in the ITF Juniors Girls’ ranking.
Eala scored a total of 2148.75 points with just a 112.5 gap between the current Top 1 tennis player in junior girls and her semi-finals opponent – Elsa Jacquemot of France.
The tennis star shared her happiness in a Facebook post on October 12 saying, “#2 World ITF Girls Junior Ranking! Happy with my performance and thank you again for all your support! It has truly been an amazing week!”
Before reaching her career-high world ranking, Eala had won four successive games – her main draw debut match against Hungary’s Natalia Szabanin, followed by an edging of Mara Guth of Germany, the defeat of Leyre Romero Gormaz of Spain which sent her to the quarterfinals, and then besting of Linda Noskova of the Czech Republic which sent her to the French Open Final 8.
As the Filipina tennis player’s French Open run ended in the semi-finals, Eala wrote in a Facebook post on October 10:
“Many lessons learned this week. Glad to say that I reached the semifinals of this year’s Roland Garros Juniors. Thank you to everyone who messaged me and took the time to follow me throughout the tournament. The amount of support I’ve received this week is tremendous and I cannot thank you all enough. Going to work harder to come back stronger 🔥🔥🇵🇭
SEND CONGRATULATIONS in the comments below to Alex Eala for climbing to World No. 2 spot in the ITF Juniors tennis ranking after her semifinal appearance in the 2020 French Open.
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