Filipina tennis phenom Alex Eala continues to make strides for Philippine tennis as she announces her pro debut in the 2023 Australian Open.
The teenage tennis sensation from Quezon City was elated that she was eligible for the first qualifying round for the first significant tennis competition of the year.
“YESSSSS!!!! I made the cut for the Qualifying Rounds of the Australian Open 2023 in Melbourne!” she shared with her Facebook followers. The 17-year-old also revealed that the competition would be her first foray into a Grand Slam on the pro level.
Eala’s position in the WTA rankings understandably makes her hopes of making the tournament’s first round a challenging climb. She’ll likely face tough competition as she tries to win all three qualifying matches. OKBET fans hope she’ll beat the odds and make a deep run in the tournament.
The Rafa Nadal Academy product will consider a deep qualifying run as a successful debut into the Grand Slam scene. While her triumph at the US Open is a highlight of her still-young career, her 2022 season was great. She was a Wild Card in the Miami Open, won the ITF Chiang Rai, and was a runner-up at ITF Madrid.
Filipino eyes are already on her after becoming the Girls’ singles champion of the 2022 US Open. Filipino tennis fans will hope that she can make noise in the qualifiers to make her country proud.
Carlos Alcaraz Sees Great Eala Performances
Current World No.1 Carlos Alcaraz expects Eala to follow up her brilliant US Open win with more solid performances.
The man holding the top spot in the ATP rankings shared with ABS-CBN News that he thought the Filipina should play in the WTA after catching some of her matches in the juniors. He said that there’s no reason Eala can’t produce excellent results in the pros with her quality of play.
Alex Eala will have to adjust to the pros’ speed and power compared to her peers in the juniors. However, she is highly motivated to represent the nation on the biggest stages.
With Eala’s passion and talent, it’s only a matter of time before Alcaraz’s vision becomes a reality.
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