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Alex Eala gets 1st-round bye in US Open juniors

Delfin Dioquino
Alex Eala gets 1st-round bye in US Open juniors

GOAL. Alex Eala looks to win her first junior Grand Slam singles title in the US Open.

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Seeded second in the girls' division, Alex Eala earns an outright berth in the second round of the US Open juniors tournament

Filipina tennis sensation Alex Eala got a first-round bye in the US Open juniors tournament that will kick off on Monday, September 6 (Tuesday, September 7, Manila time) in New York City.

Seeded second in the girls’ division, Eala earned an outright berth in the second round among the 48-player field.

Eala awaits the winner between Thailand’s Pimrada Jattavapornvanit and USA’s Charlotte Owensby.

The 16-year-old last competed in the US Open in 2019, bowing out in the second round.

It has been a fruitful year so far for Eala, the owner of two junior Grand Slam doubles titles.

After winning the Australian Open girls’ doubles crown with Indonesian Priska Nugroho last year, Eala added another Grand Slam to her name as she and Russian Oksana Selekhmeteva ruled the French Open girls’ doubles in June.

Eala then completed a double title romp in the ITF grade A tournament in Milan, Italy in July after topping both the singles and doubles events. –

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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.