Filipina teen tennis sensation Alex Eala impressed again with her Indonesian doubles partner Priska Nugroho with a double-bagel victory in the opening round of the 2021 Wimbledon girls doubles tournament on Wednesday, July 7 in London.
The reigning Australian Open girls doubles champions demolished the pair of Japanese Erika Matsuda and American Valencia Xu, 6-0, 6-0, to kick off their bid for another Grand Slam title together.
The Southeast Asian duo – who captured the 2020 Australian Open girls doubles crown – completed the match in just 32 minutes.
Eala and Nugroho were slated to open the doubles action on Tuesday, but matches were postponed due to inclement weather.
The pair is seeded No. 3 in tennis’ oldest Grand Slam event.
The 16-year-old Filipina made her Wimbledon debut in the girls singles event on Monday, where she advanced to the second round.
Eala will be aiming for her third Grand Slam title after coming fresh off a 2021 French Open girls doubles title romp last June.
Eala also made history in the 2020 French Open where she became the first Filipino in 35 years since Felix Barrientos in the 1985 Wimbledon tournament to make the last four of a Grand Slam juniors singles event.
At 15 years old, Eala became a pro titlist in the women’s $15,000 tournament in Manacor, Spain at the start of the year. – Rappler.com