Alex Eala opens Roland Garros bid vs British foe

Published June 6, 2021, 3:19 PM

by Kristel Satumbaga-Villar

Photo from Alex Eala’s Facebook page

Alex Eala begins her Roland Garros Juniors campaign on Monday, June 6, when she clashes with Great Britain’s Matilda Mutavdzic.

Eala, 16, enters the Grand Slam tournament as the second seed following her International Tennis Federation (ITF) juniors ranking at No. 3.

This isn’t the first time that Eala and Mutavdzic are facing each other.

In 2019, the two battled in the semifinals of the JA Cape Town event in South Africa where the Filipina bet won, 6-4, 1-6, 6-3.

Eala is banking on her experience in the pros after seeing action in nine tournaments this year, including a debut title victory at the W15 Manacor in Spain last January.

She has a current Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) ranking of 624.

The unseeded Mutavdzic, also 16, has also been campaigning in the women’s circuit but has yet to win her a title this year after seeing action in 10 events.

She came close in the W15 Sharm El Sheikh tournament in Egypt last March where she lost the finals to Japanese Yuriko Lily Miyazaki in straight sets.

A semifinalist last year, Eala seeks her first Grand Slam singles title and second overall after winning the 2020 Australian Open Girls Doubles crown with Indonesian partner Priska Madelyn Nugroho.