Alex Eala bows out early in tennis return

Beatrice Go
Alex Eala bows out early in tennis return

CHALLENGE. Alex Eala falters in her first match back from injury.

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Alex Eala returns to tennis action after getting sidelined due to an injury

Alex Eala fell short in her first tennis tournament back from injury in the W25 Milovice in Czech Republic on Tuesday, November 23.

Eala lost to 19-year-old Darya Astakhova of Russia, 2-6, 2-6, in the women’s $25,000 tournament, where she qualified via the International Tennis Federation’s junior exempt program.

The Filipina got quickly bundled out in one hour and 30 minutes as the world No. 291 player cruised to the second round.

The 16-year-old old tennis star was sidelined from sporting action due to a foot injury, with her last tournament being the 2021 US Open, where she reached the quarterfinal.

Eala currently ranks world No. 524 in Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) after missing two months of tennis tournaments.

She was able to jump into the top 600 WTA players with her active participation in pro tournaments, earning her first pro title in the women’s $15,000 tournament in Manacor, Spain at the start of the year. –

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.