Alex Eala faces familiar Swiss foe in W15 tourney

Published March 10, 2021, 12:59 PM

by Kristel Satumbaga-Villar

Alex Eala
Alex Eala

Philippines’ top junior player Alex Eala takes on a familiar Swiss foe when she competes in the W15 Manacor tournament in Spain on Wednesday.

Eala, who earned a main draw berth as a junior reserve, will clash with third seed Simona Waltert in the opening round of the 32-player field.

This would be the second time that Eala would be facing Waltert in the circuit. They first met in a more competitive $25,000 tournament also in Manacor last week where the 15-year-old PH bet stunned the more experienced Swiss player in that opening-round duel, 6-1, 6-4.

After that, Eala failed to make it past the second round after succumbing to Croatian third seed Jana Fett in three sets.

This time, Filipina teen sensation is expected to come out stronger for a repeat performance against Waltert with hopes of a second pro title.

Her first pro crown came last January in a similar W15 event also in Manacor.

Waltert, 20, is currently ranked No. 285 in the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) against Eala’s No. 765. The Swiss’ last title came in the third leg of a similar W15 event in Manacor late Januar