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Filipina tennis sensation 17-year-old Alex Eala poses for a photo at the Rafa Nadal Academy in Spain. (Photo: Rafael Nadal Tennis Academy by Movistar)
ILLES BALEARS, SPAIN — It’s truly a year for Filipina athletes as another Pinay made sports history, improving her ranking among the best in tennis by climbing 36 notches up from her previous record in the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) through a string of strong finishes in the professional stage of the sport.
Youthful Alex Eala comes from an impressive performance in the super tough W60 Vitoria-Gasteiz women’s singles event in Spain in which she reached the semifinal before bowing to Jessika Ponchet of France in a match that lasted an hour and 39 minutes.
The 17-year-old Eala is a scholar of the prestigious Rafael Nadal Tennis Academy in Spain and her reaching the semis in the Vitoria-Dasteiz tourney has improved her ranking to World’s No. 282, from 317.
This is the highest ranking that the Pinay tennister has reached in her young professional career with French Open champion Iga Swiatek of Poland still on top with 8336 accumulated points and another Filipina, Filipino-Canadian sensation Leylah Fernandez, at No 14.
“Happy to be at the highest ranking yet. It’s always good to have partners who you can rely on,” Eala, who garnered a total of 224 points in 15 tournaments she played in, enthused.
Aside from the W60 Vitoria-Gasteiz, Eala also won her second singles trophy in the W25 Chiang Rai in Thailand last April, Round of 16 in the W25 Corroios-Seixal in Portugal, Round of 16 in the W25 Palma del Rio in Spain, and final in the W60 Madrid in Spain.
She is still seeing action, however, in the W25 El Espinar/Segovia event at the Complejo Deportivo Open Castilla Y Leon in Segovia, Spain, with the possibility of again improving her record. She will be facing WTA No. 380 Maria Bondarenko of Russia in the Round of 32 for a chance to face her next opponent in the Round of 32, Maria Bondarenko of Russia, who currently sits at No. 380 in the WTA rankings. (ai/mtvn)