16-year-old Filipina Alexandra Eala defeated Paula Ormaechea (209th) 7-5, 6-2 in the first round of the Cluj-Napoja WTA and successfully completed her long-awaited debut in the top flight. Now she will collide with the Egyptian Mayar Sherif (119 °) in search of continuing to surprise friends and strangers.
With this triumph, she secures a place among the 510 best in the WTA ranking, but due to her age she still alternates between older and younger (there she won a very prestigious tournament in Milan a few weeks ago). She is the number two in the junior world, behind andorran Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva. The two plus Czech Linda Fruhvirtova lead the 2005 category, one of the most striking for the future.
Eala has been training for several years at the Rafa Nadal Academy, complex in which he also crowned his first and only professional title. She is left-handed and is characterized by being a player with a lot of claw, sense of location on the court, good changes of direction and decision when it comes to varying her shots or going to the net. Its preferred surface is concrete, but it is versatile on any court.
Nadal pays close attention to his progress; What’s more, when it reached No. 2 youth, he congratulated her on social networks.
Supported by a 20-time Grand Slam champion 💪
– ITF (@ITFTennis) October 14, 2020
In addition, The young Filipina was awarded as the most important junior athlete in her country in 2019 and disputed by invitation the qualy of the WTA 1000 of Miami 2021. Awards and recognitions that make clear the hope that there is about their conditions. She will play the US Open in minors, from September 5, as one of the candidates and with the aim of achieving the Grand Slam she craves.