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MANILA, Philippines – Alex Eala could not have had a better Asian Games debut.
Eala scored a shutout win to kick off the Asian Games as she crushed Pakistan’s Sarah Ibrahim Khan, 6-0, 6-0, to advance to the third round of the women’s singles tennis tournament in Hangzhou, China, on Monday, September 25.
Receiving a first-round bye, the 18-year-old Filipina proved why she is the fourth seed after needing just 39 minutes to dispose of the Pakistani, who is 14 years older.
Eala allowed just 6 points in the rousing win to set up a third-round clash with India’s Rutuja Bhosale.
Hopes of the Philippines ending its near-two-decade medal drought in Asian Games tennis lies in Eala, who recently notched a career-high WTA ranking of No. 191 in the world.
The country last won an Asian Games tennis medal in 2006, when Cecil Mamiit bagged bronze in the men’s singles.
Eala will team up with Francis Casey Alcantara as she is also seeing action in the mixed doubles. – Rappler.com