BREAKING NEWS: Alex Eala surges to Top 4 World Juniors Tennis ranking after winning Australian Open

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Alex Eala's excellent performance at the Australian Open pushed her numbers enough to place her in 4th rank in the ITF World Juniors Tennis Ranking. Photo from Rafa Nadal Academy.
Alex Eala’s excellent performance at the Australian Open pushed her numbers enough to place her in 4th rank in the ITF World Juniors Tennis Ranking.

Alexandra “Alex” Eala has surged to Top 4 Rank in the World Juniors Tennis Ranking in the newest update from the International Tennis Federation (ITF) posted today, February 4, 2020 (February 3 U.S. time).

The Filipina teen tennis player’s career-high ITF ranking came after winning the Australian Open Girls’ Doubles title, together with her Indonesian partner Priska Madelyn Nugroho, as the pair silenced their European opponents, 6-1, 6-2, in the competition held at the Melbourne Park on January 31.

Eala also made her best singles finish after reaching the 3rd round in the Australian Open.

The Rafa Nadal Academy scholar’s excellent performance in the first Grand Slam tournament of the year 2020 gave her a total score of 1718.75, placing her just behind the ranking European leaders Diane Parry of France (1st), Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva of Andorra (2nd), Daria Snigur of Ukraine (3rd).

Going into the Aussie Open Finals game, the 14-year-old tennis champion was seeded Top 9 in the ITF World Junior Tennis Rankings released January 13 with 1452.5 points scored in 22 games she played in 2019.

ITF World Junior Rankings
Alexandra Eala moved up to Top 4 Rank just behind European leaders. Screenshot of ITF Singles ranking.

 

Eala first made the Top 13 in the same rankings in October 2019, surging 14 notches up, after her silver medal finish battling top-seeded Diane Parry at the Osaka Mayor’s Cup in Japan.

The World Tennis Junior star led Team Philippines in winning the 2019 Asia-Oceania Championship held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Alex Eala also had a winning season in 2018 bagging the Les Petits As Under14 in her opening tourney and ended the year receiving the Tennis Europe the award for the Best Overseas Player of the Year with an impressive 88% of wins in 12 tournaments played.

With her strong ITF Ranking, Alex Eala gains entry into the next top three high-level Grand Slam tournaments of the Wimbledon, U.S. Open, and the French Open.

The news came a day after Alex Eala came home to the Philippines bringing her Australian Open trophy for a media event where she declared her Filipino Pride. “(I am) Proud to be a Fiipina, proud to represent my country, especially in a sport where not a lot of Filipinos are present.”

“I hope a lot of young kids see me as an inspiration because I also came from where they are now. I didn’t start big. I also grew from local tournaments in Palawan, here in Manila… to slowly grow into the international stage,” The Filipina teen tennis champion said.

SEND CONGRATULATIONS in the comments below to Alex Eala for notching major milestones one after another in her young tennis career!

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