Alex Eala claims two titles in Milan tilt


FILE – Filipino tennis star Alex Eala throughout a Wimbledon ladies’ doubles match. Picture from Alex Eala’s Fb

MANILA, Philippines — Confronted by a spunky upstart enjoying like she did within the not-so-distant previous, Alex Eala on Sunday responded with a recreation that gave a glimpse of what she’ll be within the close to future.

The Filipino hotshot yielded her serve proper within the opening recreation after which blew three match factors later earlier than reducing down 15-year-old Nikola Bartunkova of Czech Republic, 6-3, 6-3, for the Grade A Trofeo Bonfiglio ladies singles title in Milan, Italy.

It additionally sealed a double deal with for Eala who joined arms with American associate Madison Sieg to seize the ladies doubles championship late Saturday.

The Czech wunderkind, who beat her two years in the past within the ITF World Junior Championships, stung her with a opening-game service break at Campo Tribuna centercourt.

Nevertheless it solely fired up the 16-year-old Eala who displayed maturity and composure as she shortly broke again, held serve after which broke once more at love within the subsequent three video games.

Bartunkova, ranked 863 in ladies’s and sixtieth in ladies, was thrown off-footed after that though she managed to interrupt at love earlier than struggling to carry within the seventh and eighth video games of the primary set.

Extra importantly, the top-seeded Eala made it clear that she deserved the lofty billing regardless of the presence of gritty younger weapons that pushed her to the restrict on the way in which to the championship.

With Eala serving for the match at 40-0, the feisty Bartunkova determined to go down firing and tracked her down to interrupt at 5-3. However Eala buckled as much as take the subsequent recreation and the crown.

It was Eala’s first title since profitable JA in Cape City two years in the past. The Rafael Nadal Academy scholar now has 4 ITF junior titles underneath her belt.

Eala and Sieg bested Croatia’s Lucija Ciric Bagaric and Belgium’s Sofia Costoulas, 6-4, 4-6, (13-11) within the finals of the match categorized only a rank decrease than the Grand Slams.

The Filipina now has a set of 5 juniors doubles titles, counting the Australian Open final 12 months and the French Open early this 12 months.

Bartunkova, seeded 14th, trounced Clervie Ngounoue of america (6-3, 6-3) to make the finals.


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