Filipino teen tennis champion Alexandra “Alex” Eala has won her debut match at the W60 Bellinzona of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Women’s World Tour, bringing her one step closer to the $60,000 tournament prize pot.
Fresh from her career-high new Pro Women’s ranking on the World Tennis Association (WTA), the Philippines’ Eala faced Margot Yerolymos of France and won in straight sets, 7-6, 6-2, in the opening round main draw game held on April 6, 2021, in the courts of Tennis Club Bellinzona in Switzerland.
The 15-year-old pro rookie Alex Eala ranked 715th on WTA, battled with the WTA #323 and the more seasoned 23-year-old Yerolymos.
“Tough play today with windy conditions but happy to have won my first W60k match here in Bellinzona, Switzerland,” posted Alex Eala on her social media after the game.
Amidst her victory, the Filipina athlete kept her compatriots in her mind as she sent out a message to the Filipino nation now facing surges in Covid-19 cases. “I’ve heard the Covid situation in the Philippines is getting worse and pray that everyone keeps safe,” Eala said.
Alex Eala started strong with the 2021 tennis season, winning her first professional championship title at the W15 Manacor in Spain. She went on to three successive quarterfinals matches.
The reigning Australian Open Junior Doubles champion recently made her debut at the prestigious Miami Open.
Eala entered the W60 Bellinzona tourney through the Junior Exempt program as the World No. 3 ITF Junior Player.
Alex Eala will next face 32-year-old Romanian champion Laura-Ioana Paar in Round 2 on April 7.
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