Filipino tennis champion Alex Eala opens 2021 season with ITF Manacor win

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Alex Eala at the ITF World Tennis Tour Disa Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in 2020. Photo from Rafa Nadal Academy.

Filipino tennis champion Alexandra “Alex” Eala has opened her 2021 season campaign with a strong victory at the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Women’s World Tennis Tour W15 Manacor and is moving on to Round 2 of the tourney in Spain.

The ITF Junior No. 3 tennis player from the Philippines dominated her Italian opponent Anna Paradisi, 6-1, 6-2, in the Round 1 match played on the hardcourt of Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar on January 19, 2021.

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The 15-year-old Eala now moves on to the second round of the tourney and is scheduled to play against 21-year-old Seone Mendez of Australia on January 21.

Alex Eala entered the ITF Manacor tournament as a Main Draw Junior Reserve player by virtue of her being in the ITF Top 100 Junior Ranking. As of the January 18, 2021 rankings, the No. 3-ranked junior tennis champion is ranked 1187th in the WTA Singles Ranking and 1651st on ITF Singles Ranking.

The W15 Manacor tournament has a prize pot of $15,000 and will run until January 24.

In 2020, Alex Eala achieved two historic feats – the first Filipina to win the Australian Open Junior Doubles title (with Indonesian partner Priska Nugroho) and the first to reach the semifinals of the French Open Girls Singles, a performance that propelled her to World Junior No. 2 rank.

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