ALEX EALA NABS MAIDEN PRO TITLE, UPSETS HOMETOWN FAVORITE
Tennis prodigy Alex Eala reigned supreme against Yvonne Cavalle-Reimers, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2, clinching her first-ever professional title in the W15 ITF Manacor Tournament of Rafa Nadal Academy (RNA) in Spain on Sunday (Manila time).
At a young age of 15, Eala made an exceptional feat defeating the 28-year old Spanish veteran who has already bagged six ITF titles.
In their opening set, the Filipina tennis star suffered a loss, however, she managed to recover and unleashed a come-from-behind en route to seal her title in the $15,000 event.
Eala came off with a 6-3, 6-4, victory against Hong Kong’s Adithya Karunaratne in their semifinals match last Saturday.
She battled against France’s No. 5 Carole Monnet in a three-hour match game during the quarterfinals, 6-7, 7-6 (4), 6-4.
The RNA scholar forged her way through the finals after her first and second-round match outplaying Italian Anna Paradisi and top-seeded Australian Seone Mendez.
Eala’s breakthrough win was celebrated by tennis legend Rafa Nadal and posted his congratulatory message on social media.
“Congratulations @alex.eala for this important moment in your career. We are all very happy for you. Keep up the good work and attitude,” wrote Nadal on Instagram.
Eala came off from last year’s win in the Australian Open girls’ doubles tournament with Indonesian partner Priska Nugroho and made the semifinal of the French Open girls’ singles tournament.