MANILA, Philippines – Philippine tennis star Alex Eala nailed her first ever US Open juniors berth at Cary Leeds Stadium Court 1 in New York City on Saturday, August 31 (Sunday, September 1, Philippine time).
The 14-year-old bested American Kimmi Hance in the first round before upsetting junior world No. 57 and qualifying top seed Romana Cisovska of Slovakia, 6-3, 6-0, to advance to the tournament’s main draw
Eala will debut in Grand Slam action against Australia’s Annerly Poulos on Sunday, September 1 (Monday, September 2, Philippine time).
The feat made the Rafael Nadal Academy scholar the first Filipino to qualify for a Grand Slam tournament since Jeson Patrombon in 2011.
The teen sensation recently powered the Philippine girls team to a record 5th place in the World Juniors Tennis Championships. – Rappler.com