Alex Eala to play in Spain tourney

Published May 15, 2021, 2:05 PM

by Kristel Satumbaga-Villar

Alex Eala (Photo from the W60 Bellinzona Instagram page)

Junior tennis star Alex Eala returns to competition after more than a month when she joins the W25 Platja D’Aro tournament in Spain starting next week.

This would be Eala’s eighth pro event this year and third $25,000 tournament since finishing in the quarterfinals of the W25 Grenoble in France last February.

Among those in the main draw direct acceptance list are Russia’s Vitalia Diatchenko, who is ranked No. 155 in the Women’s Tennis Association, France’s Chloe Paquet (No. 187), Luxembourg’s Mandy Minella (No. 195) and Swiss Simona Waltert (No. 261), whom she had faced twice this year.

Eala was supposed to compete in $15,000 events in Turkey late April to early May but decided to withdraw due to health concerns brought by the pandemic.

The 15-year-old seeks to win her second pro title after ruling the first leg of the W15 Manacor in Spain last January.

Her last tournament came in April at the $60,000 Bellinzona event in Switzerland where she made heads turn with a third-round finish.