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Alex Eala barges into first-ever US Open girls’ singles finals

Delfin Dioquino
Alex Eala barges into first-ever US Open girls’ singles finals

ONE MORE WIN. Alex Eala continues her magical run in the US Open girls' singles tournament.

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Alex Eala dispatches Canadian Victoria Mboko to reach the finals of the US Open girls' singles tournament for the first time

MANILA, Philippines – Alex Eala is on the cusp of a breakthrough junior singles Grand Slam title.

Eala clinched a 6-1, 7-6 (5) win over Victoria Mboko of Canada to reach the finals of the US Open girls’ singles tournament in New York on Friday, September 9 (Saturday, September 10, Manila time).

The 17-year-old Filipina overcame a slow start in the second set against a determined Mboko to advance to her first-ever junior singles finals in a Grand Slam.

“One more,” Eala wrote in Filipino on Facebook.

Mboko led 3-1 and 6-5 in the second set before Eala fought back as she forced a tiebreaker after a shutout win in the 12th game.

Seizing a 6-5 advantage in the tiebreak, Eala completed the comeback in 1 hour and 21 minutes following a double fault from Mboko.

Mboko edged Eala in aces and winners, but the Filipina teenager tallied 10 less unforced errors (21-31) to pick up the win.

Seeded 10th, Eala will tangle with second seed Lucie Havlickova of Czech Republic for the championship on Sunday (Manila time).

It will be a tough finals challenge for Eala considering Havlickova won the French Open girls’ singles crown earlier this year.

But Eala has been a steady force all tournament long as she has not dropped a set in five matches. –

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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.