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Alex Eala Wins First-Ever ITF Pro Title After Outplaying Spanish Foe

Auspicious start to year for teen rising star.
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THE Philippines' Alex Eala overcame a jittery start to beat home bet Yvonne Cavalle-Reimers, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2, and win her first professional title in the W15 Manacor tournament in Mallorca, Spain on Sunday night (Manila time).

The youngest in the field in International Tennis Federation tournament at 15, Eala bounced back after losing the first set then forged ahead in the decider to take the fight out of an opponent 13 years older than her.

Photo by COURTESY OF RAFA NADAL ACADEMY.

The Australian Open Juniors doubles champion entered the $15,000 event as a junior reserve player and the lowest seed. She ended it as the unlikely champion in an auspicious start to her year.

The come-from-behind win over Cavalle-Reimers capped a dream run for Eala, who Italian Anna Paradisi, a fellow junior in the opener, before she toppled tournament top seed Australian Seone Mendez in the second round.

The Filipina netter then eased past Frenchwoman Carole Monnet in a marathon battle that lasted three hours and shrugged off fatigue to outplay Adithya Karunaratne in the semifinals, with less than 24 hours interval before the final.

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Rafael Nadal congratulated Eala for the win on Instagram saying: Congratulations @alex.eala for this important moment in your career. We are all very happy for you! Keep up the good work and attitude. #vamos"

This story originally appeared on Spin.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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