Alex Eala suffered a slide in her World Tennis Association (WTA) ranking despite an impressive performance in the US Open Junior Tennis Championships last week.
From No. 513, the 16-year-old Eala dropped to No. 516 following her quarterfinal exit in the girls’ singles event and semifinal finish in doubles play together with Hanne Vandewinkel of Belgium in the US Open at Flushing Meadows in New York.
She, however, remains at No. 2 in the juniors division with 2964.25 points while Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva of Andorra is still the top player with 3154.75 points.
“I had another great experience at the US Open where I reached the quarterfinals in singles and semifinals in doubles (with my partner Hanne Vandewinkel),” Eala posted on her social media page.
“I am happy that this was an improvement from my 2019 second round finish. It was also such a blessing to have so much family and friends come and watch my matches. Thank you for all the support.”
Meanwhile, Filipino-Canadian sensation Leylah Fernandez got a major boost in her world ranking after making it all the way to the finals of the main draw.
Fernandez is now ranked 28th, a massive improvement from her No. 73 position prior to her magical run in the US Open where she lost to Emma Raducanu of Great Britain in the final.
Raducanu also jumped from No. 150 to No. 23 following her triumph.
Former world No. 1 Naomi Osaka, whom Fernandez beat on the way to the final and has said she is taking a break from tennis, drops to fifth place.
Bianca Andreescu, the US Open winner two years ago, fell 13 places to 20th after she was knocked out in the fourth round of this year’s tournament.
Cori Gauff, the 17-year-old American, moves into the top 20 at 19th place.