Eala falls short, still moves up in world rankings
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 25, 2018 02:47 PM
From left: Philta president Antonio Cablitas, Phinma Properties' Oscar Hilado, boys singles runner up Kokoro Isomura of Japan, boys singles champion Zsombor Velcz of Hungary, girls singles champion Janice Tjen of Indonesia, girls singles runner up Alex Eala of the Philippines, Manila Polo Club sports manager Rhoy Landicho and former tennis star Raymond Suarez also of MPC.
Top seed Janice Tjen of Indonesia ended the dominant run of Filipina star Alex Eala Sunday to claim the girls singles title of the Phinma-PSC International Junior Tennis Championships Week 2 at Manila Polo Club.
Imposing her experience to the hilt against the 13-year-old Eala, Tjen hacked out a hard-fought 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 triumph to annex the title, her second for the year after her ITF Grade 3 crown in Sarawak Cup in Indonesia.
Eala, who won the Week 1 title, did not yield a single set all week except in the final match of the meet sponsored by Philippine Tennis Association, Philippine Sports Commission, Phinma Properties and Tecnifibre.
Philta president Antonio Cablitas was all praises for the staunch showing of the Filipino campaigners especially Eala who also reached the semifinals of Week 2 doubles.
“We are very proud of Alex, she has a very bright future ahead of her,” said Cablitas. “This ITF event is part of our commitment to serve Philippine tennis through international tournaments.”
Hungarian Zsombor Velcz crushed fourth seed Kokoro Isomura of Japan, 6-1, 6-2, to capture the boys singles title.
Eala will climb the world rankings after her champion-runner-up finishes in two-week Grade 4 meet. She is now ranked 298th from 447th at the start of the fortnight.
The Filipina is flying back to Mallorca, Spain to resume her training and studies at rafael Nadal Academy where she is also at Grade 8 in the American International School inside the camp.