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Alex Eala wins 1st Wimbledon match

Beatrice Go
Alex Eala wins 1st Wimbledon match

WIMBLEDON DEBUT. Alex Eala sees action in tennis' oldest Grand Slam for the first time.

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Alex Eala makes a winning debut in the 2021 Wimbledon girls singles tournament

Alex Eala opened her maiden Wimbledon campaign with a dominant win on Monday, July 5, at Court 6 in London.

The 16-year-old Filipina defeated Argentina’s Solana Sierra, 6-2, 6-4, in the opening round of the Wimbledon girls singles tournament.

After cruising through the opening set, Eala overcame a second set threat from the 17-year-old Argentinian when she scored back-to-back games to close the score to 5-4.

But Eala, the tournament No. 2 seed, denied Sierra of a deciding set by breaking serve to seal the win.

The Filipina tennis ace 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

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.