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PH girls tennis team clinches world juniors berth

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine 14-under girls tennis team nailed a world juniors berth for the first time in 26 years after also bagging the country's first 2019 ITF Asia-Oceania qualifiers title on Sunday, April 14, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

Led by young sensation Alex Eala, the Philippines advanced to the 2019 ITF World Junior Tennis Finals slated August 5 to 10 in Prosetejov, Czech Republic, where the squad will join Asian powerhouses Korea, Japan and China. 

The Philippines copped the ITF Asia-Oceania crown after winning the team-tie over Japan, 2-0, in the finals as Eala drubbed her opponent, 6-0, 6-3 to seal the win. 

Earlier, Alex Eala leads the Philippine 14 & Under girls tennis team to the 2019 Asia-Oceania ITF World Junior Tennis title over Japan! @RapplerSports pic.twitter.com/dO5RTkXAQU — Bee Go (@beebeego09) April 14, 2019 

 

Mentored by coach Czarina Arevalo, the Philippines secured a world berth – a first since 1993 – as early as the quarterfinals  after defeating Hong Kong, 2-1. 

The Nationals then faced Korea in the semifinals and also won 2-1 thanks to the duo of Eala and Alexa Milliam. 

Eala – who was Europe's best overseas player of 2018 – went undefeated in the tournament as she also boosted her bid to represent the Philippines in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. – Rappler.com

 

Beatrice Go

More commonly known as “Bee”, Beatrice is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Phillippine 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.

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