Alex Eala earns slot in 2020 Australian Open juniors main draw

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Alex Eala earns slot in 2020 Australian Open juniors main draw
Philippine tennis star Alex Eala lands at No. 9 in the world juniors ranking to secure a slot in the Grand Slam juniors tournament

MANILA, Philippines – Alex Eala started the year on a high note as she nailed a world No. 9 ranking in the ITF juniors tour on Wednesday, January 8. 

The teen tennis star’s top 10 finish assures her of a slot in the main draw of the 2020 Australian Open juniors tournament from January 25 to February 1 in Melbourne. 

Eala amassed a total of 1452.50 points as of January 6 following a stellar 2019 season that was highlighted by a berth in the US Open juniors main draw and a title in a Grade A tournament in South Africa. 

She also triumphed in the Orange Bowl doubles tournament in Florida last December, but just fell a rung short of a top 10 finish in the year-end ranking as the world No. 11 girls player. 

This year, the 14-year-old continues to vie for a top 5 ranking in the world juniors tour for a shot at the wildcard berths in the women’s Grand Slam tournaments. 

The Rafael Nadal scholar hopes she will be able to play in a good mix of both women’s and high-level juniors tournaments this year. 

Before the Australian Open, Eala will kick off her 2020 season in the Grade 1 tournament Traralgon junior international event on January 17. – 





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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.