Alex Eala barges into WTA Thailand Open main draw

Delfin Dioquino
Alex Eala barges into WTA Thailand Open main draw

CALM AND COLLECTED. Alex Eala displays poise and resolve in another win.

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Alex Eala once again arrests a meltdown as she sends home Belarus' Kristina Dmitruk to reach the main draw of the WTA Thailand Open

MANILA, Philippines – Alex Eala claimed her spot in the main draw of the WTA Thailand Open after posting a 6-2, 7-5 win over Belarus’ Kristina Dmitruk at the True Arena in Hua Hin on Sunday, January 29.

Just like her victory over Chinese veteran Han Xinyun in the first round of the qualifiers, Eala breezed in the opening set against Dmitruk before she arrested a meltdown in the second frame to advance in the $250,000 event.

The 17-year-old Filipina blew a 4-2 advantage in the second set and saw Dmitruk seize the upper hand at 5-4 after winning the next three games.

But Eala displayed poise and resolve against an opponent who is two years older as she knotted the score at 5-5, broke Dmitruk for a 6-5 lead, and blanked the Belarusian in the final game for the win.

Eala needed just 1 hour and 19 minutes to dispose of Dmitruk.

Tougher foes await Eala in the main draw, including former US Open champion Bianca Andreescu of Canada and former Wimbledon semifinalist Tatjana Maria of Germany.

Eala will plunge back to action on Tuesday against world No. 70 Tatjana Maria of Germany. –

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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.