Alex Eala bags first win in tennis return

Beatrice Go
Alex Eala bags first win in tennis return

HIGH NOTE. Alex Eala aims to close out the tennis season on a high note.

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Filipina teen tennis sensation Alex Eala flashes her winning ways as she gets back from injury

MANILA, Philippines – Alex Eala bounced back with her first win since returning to sporting action from injury on Tuesday, December 7 in the 2021 Junior Orange Bowl Tennis Championship in Florida.

Eala cruised to a straight-set win over home bet Charlotte Owensby, 6-2, 6-3, in the opening round of the event.

The Filipina teen tennis sensation, ranked No. 2 in the event, will face Czech Republic’s Kristyna Tomajkova in the second round.

Eala was sidelined for two months due to a foot injury after her stint in the US Open where she reached the quarterfinal.

She returned to tennis action in the women’s $25,000 tournament in Czech Republic last November and will cap off her season in the Florida Grade A tournament.

The 16-year-old Filipina is aiming to end her season on a high note and has a chance to surpass Belarus’ Kristina Dmitruk for her career-best No. 2 ranking in the juniors circuit.

This year, Eala joined a mix of high-level juniors tournaments and women’s events, winning her first pro title last January in Manacor, Spain and the 2021 French Open doubles title with partner Oksana Selekhmeteva of Russia. –

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.