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Eala’s hard work pays off

Ian Suyu

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Alex Eala’s first professional victory wasn’t because of skills or sheer luck.

It’s because of hard work.

Her father, Mike, said Eala worked hard during the Christmas season in preparation for the prestigious International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) W15 Tournament in Manacor, Spain.

“We are all very happy with Alex’s win. She has worked very hard during the holidays to be ready for this tournament and this victory shows part of the proof that hard work pays off,” Mike said.

“How we wish we had a crystal ball to peek into the future. But the important thing for her is to continue improving every day.”

Sitting at No. 3 in the ITF juniors world ranking, the 15-year-old Eala was simply impressive as she hammered a thrilling 5-7, 6-1, 5-2 win over hometown bet Yvonne Cavelle-Reimers in the finals to claim her first professional crown.

Prior to that, Eala clobbered seasoned netters Seone Mendez of Australia and Anna Paradisi of Italy in the opening rounds before hammering Carole Monet of France in the quarterfinals and Adithya Kurunaratne of Hong Kong in the semifinals.

Mike said her daughter, a scholar in the world-famous Rafael Nadal Tennis Academy since 2018, is far from done as she sees action in the ITF Manacor Tournament starting this Wednesday.

Nadal, one of the world’s greatest players, extended his congratulations to the Filipino phenom.

“Congratulations, Alex Eala, for this very important moment in your career. We are very happy for you,” said Nadal, the world’s No. 2 with 20 Grand Slam titles.

“Keep up the good work and attitude.”

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