Alex Eala misses quarterfinals berth in Tunisia tournament

Beatrice Go
Alex Eala falls to the tournament No. 3 seed in the 2nd round of her women's pro debut

PRO DEBUT. Alex Eala impresses in her first women's pro tournament. Photo from Rafa Nadal Academy Facebook

MANILA, Philippines – Alex Eala proved that she is one feisty challenger in her women’s pro tournament debut despite falling to the W15 Monastir No. 3 seed Nina Stadler on Thursday, March 5 (Friday, March 6, Manila time,) in Tunisia. 

Eala made it a hard-fought three-setter for Stadler as the Swiss narrowly edged out Philippines’ teen sensation, 4-6, 7-6 (6), 7-5. 

Stadler will now advance to the quarterfinals to face Bosnia’s Nefisa Berberovic. 

The Filipina teen sensation’s World No. 4 juniors ranking earned her a slot in the main draw of the Tunisia tournament via one of the two junior reserved slots, which paved th way for her pro debut. 

The 14-year-old Filipino tennis star is riding on the winning momentum of her 2020 Australian Open juniors doubles tournament championship with Indonesian partner Priska Nugroho. – 

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.