ALEX EALA OFF TO A WINNING DEBUT IN WIMBLEDON GIRLS SINGLES MATCH
Alex Eala is off to a strong start in the 2021 Wimbledon Juniors Championships Girls Singles after beating Argentina’s Solana Sierra in its debut match on Monday at Court 6 in London.
The 16-year-old Filipina was quick to make her presence felt in the grass courts of London after ousting the 17-year-old Argentinian, 6-2, 6-4, in the opening round of the Wimbledon girls singles tournament.
The Filipina netter pulled off a 3-1 lead in the first set and was able to extend it to 5-1 but Sierra broke it with a forehand winner making it 5-2.
Come the 8th game, a backhand from Eala gave her a 40-15 advantage with Sierra on serve, eventually, Sierra committed a forehand unforced error that made Eala win the first set, 6-2, in 23 minutes.
In the second salvo, Eala continued on the run again, 3-1 but Sierra was able to cut the lead, 3-2, via a break of serve.
Eala was able to reply with a break at deuce due to a double fault from the Argentine.
Eala managed to lead, 40-0, in the 10th game with Sierra on serve but a backhand forced error from Eala allowed Sierra to save one match point. This, however, was stopped by Eala who denied Sierra of a deciding set by breaking serve to seal the win.
The Junior’s world no. 3 Eala defeated the Junior’s world. no. 38 one hour and four minutes to advance to the Girls Singles second round.
The win arranged Eala a second-round meeting with Spaniard Ane Mintegi Del Olmo, who ousted Italy’s Eleonora Alvisi, 6-1, 6-0, in 52 minutes.
The Filipina tennis ace is hopeful for her third Grand Slam title after coming first in the 2021 French Open girls doubles title with Russian partner Oksana Selekhmeteva last June.
Meanwhile, Eala is also taking part in the Girl’s Doubles Main Draw, which is yet to announce her partner and the schedule of the games.