Alex Eala rules W25 Thailand tourney for second pro title

Alex Eala trounced local bet Luksika Kumkhum, 6-4, 6-2, to capture the W25 Chiang Rai International Tennis Federation (ITF) tournament in Thailand Sunday.

Alex Eala poses with her trophy after winning the W25 Chiang Rai tournament in Thailand. (From Alex Eala's Facebook page)

The unseeded Eala paced the match against Kumkhum, a former Top 100 player, to rule the $25,000 tournament and clinch her second pro title.

She won her first crown last year at the W15 Monastir in Spain.

After a surviving Serbia’s Katarina Kozarov, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1, in the opening round, Eala played flawlessly with straight-set victories against Thailand’s Patcharin Cheapchandeij, 6-3, 6-4, in the second round; Japan’s Momoko Kobori, 6-3, 6-3, in the quarterfinals; and China’s YeXin Ma, 6-3, 6-4, in the semis.

She was unfortunate, though, in the doubles event after she and Dutch partner Indy De Vroome lost in the first round to Patcharin and Punnin Kovapitukted, 4-6, 7-5, 10-6.

Eala is expected to compete in the second leg of the said W25 event next week, and two more W15 tournaments at the same venue.

The tournaments are part of Eala’s preparations for the 31st Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi, Vietnam next month.