MANILA, Philippines – Alex Eala made light work of unranked Slovakian Nina Vargova, 6-2, 6-3, to advance to the 2022 US Open girls’ singles tournament in New York on Monday, September 5 (Tuesday, September 6, Manila time).
The 17-year-old sensation set the tone after a tight 3-2 lead in the first set by winning the last three games for the 6-2 finish.
She then continued her hot streak through the second set with a 3-0 start before Vargova staged a big three-game comeback to threaten Eala at 3-all.
Unfazed, the young Filipina sensation rallied back with a three-game rally of her own to complete the straight-sets cruise to the next round.
This continued Eala’s torrid start in the tournament following a 6-3, 6-0 hammering of Canadian Annabelle Xu in the first round.
The 297th-ranked singles player will next face Australian Taylah Preston in the round of 16 after making her doubles debut on Tuesday (Wednesday, September 7, Manila time) alongside Russia’s Mirra Andreeva. – Rappler.com