Alex Eala books first pro finals in ITF Manacor

Published January 23, 2021, 8:37 PM

by Carlo Anolin

Photo from Rafa Nadal Academy

Filipino tennis sensation Alex Eala barged in the finals of the ITF Manacor after beating Adithya Karunaratne of Hong Kong, 6-3, 6-4, in the semifinals in Spain Saturday.

Eala needed one hour and 36 minutes to book her first-ever finals appearance in the professional ranks.

The 15-year-old Eala had a good look of service and also tallied 75 percent break points won compared to Karunaratne’s 57.

Karunaratne, ITF’s No. 14, won two straight games en route to a 5-4 deficit in the second frame but Eala sealed the deal with three consecutive points for the win.

Eala, ranked No. 3 in ITF Juniors,  is set to take on Spain’s Yvonne Cavalle-Reimers, 28, on Sunday morning (Sunday evening, Manila time).

Cavalle-Reimers defeated Leolia Jeanjean of France, 6-4, 6-2, within one hour and 16 minutes of their semifinal duel.