NEW YORK — While most 14-year-olds spent their Labor Day holiday weekend taking a vacation, Filipina Alexandra Eala spent hers winning her first-ever match at the U.S. Open Juniors Championshop in New York City.
With a score of 6-1, 6-2, Eala, who represented the Philippines, decisively beat Australia’s Annerly Poulos on Sept. 2.
“It’s a very prestigious tournament, it’s high level and under 18, so I will try hard to accomplish this and so I’m going to make the most out of it.”
From the start of the match, Eala never let up, making sure every serve counted, winning 4 of the 7 breakpoints, and not allowing her opponent to break her serve.
Eala is a scholar at the Rafael Nadal Academy in Mallorca Spain trained by coach Daniel Gomez de Acosta.
The road to pro tennis has not been easy – but her father Mike Ealas believes she is on the right track.
He said to qualify and play at a grand slam tournament at the U.S. Open is already a big achievement.
The victory came after Eala beat qualifying top seed Romana Cisovska at the Cary Leeds stadium in the Bronx last Saturday, 6-3, 6-0.
Other Pinoy grand slam junior qualifiers in the past include Jeson Patrombon in 1991 and Francis Casey Nino Alcantara in 2009.
After eala’s strong debut at the U.S. Open Jr. girls singles, her supporters can’t wait to see more of her on the court.
Her next opponent: Mai Napatt Nirundorn of Thailand.