Filipino teen champion Alex Eala zooms closer to World Tennis Top 100

Alex Eala World Tennis
Alex Eala wraps up the year 2022 notches away from the WTA Top 200. Photo by Jimmie48/WTA.

Filipino teen champion athlete Alexandra “Alex” Eala has zoomed closer to the World Tennis Top 100 in the newest professional women’s ranking, just two years since she turned pro.

The 17-year-old tennis star from the Philippines is wrapping up the year 2022 at World Tennis Association (WTA) Rank #217 in the December 5 release of the league that was established by tennis legend Billie Jean King for professional women players.

Eala’s pro career high WTA Rank was at #214 in the October listing, introduced by WTA as an improvement of over 300 places from the previous season and the highest position ever attained by a Filipina. Eala began 2022 ranked #529.

The teen tennis star reached her best professional rank just after her excellent performance in the European pro tournament W100 Shrewsbury and a semifinal finish in W80 Poitiers in France.

Alex Eala turned professional in 2020 just as the COVID-19 pandemic struck the world and went on to enter the WTA Top 1000 in February 2021 after securing her first pro tennis championship title at the International Tennis Federation (ITF) W15 Manacor in Spain held in January of the same year.

The Rafa Nadal Academy scholar won her second pro title at the ITF W25 Chiang Rai in Thailand in May 2022. Eala also reached the W60 Madrid in Spain final but settled for the silver finish.

The year 2022 is also historic for Alex Eala after she won the prestigious United States Open Girls’ Singles championship and made waves across the world as she spoke to the crowd in the Filipino language.

“It’s important to me because I don’t see a lot of Filipinos on the worldwide tennis stage. I think we’re very patriotic and we love our culture, and that’s how I grew up too — being proud of our traditions and whatnot. So I’m just carrying that part of my personality on to the court and into my career,” Alex Eala shared about her Filipino speech in an interview with WTA.

The US Open title adds to her two other Junior Grand Slam titles in the 2021 French Open Roland Garros Junior Doubles and 2020 Australian Open Junior Doubles.

SEND CONGRATULATIONS AND WELL WISHES to Alex Eala as she moves closer to the World Top 100 Professional Women Tennis Ranking in her bid to represent the best of the Filipinos and the Philippines!

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