Alex Eala advances to U.S. Open juniors main draw

Beatrice Go
Alex Eala advances to U.S. Open juniors main draw


Filipino teen sensation Alex Eala marches into her maiden Grand Slam in the US Open juniors tournament

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.

In 2018, Eala made headlines when she earned a wildcard in the Roland Garros Junior French Championships qualifiers. However, she lost to American Peyton Stearns in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4. 

The teen sensation recently powered the Philippine girls team to a record 5th place in the World Juniors Tennis Championships. – 



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Beatrice Go

More commonly known as Bee, Beatrice Go is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Philippine sports governance, national teams, football, and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.