By KRISTEL SATUMBAGA
Philippines’ top junior netter Alex Eala made her title campaign felt at the 2020 Australian Open Juniors Championships with an opening round victory on Sunday.
The 14-year-old Eala, seeded fourth in the Grand Slam event, survived Shavit Kimchi of Israel 6-0, 4-6, 6-2, to march into the second round.
She will be next facing France’s Julie Belgraver, a 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 winner over wildcard bet Mia Repac of Australia.
Eala will also see action in the girls doubles with Indonesian Priska Madelyn Mugroho, where they will be clashing with Russia’s Elina Avanesyan and Ukraine’s Liubov Kostenko in the opening round on Monday.
Eala is currently ranked No. 9 in the International Tennis Federation junior rankings – her highest feat so far – but she has never made it past the second round of a Grand Slam event.
She finished in the second round at last year’s US Open.