Alex Eala fell a notch lower in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) junior ranking after falling short in the US Open last week.
The 16-year-old scholar at the Rafael Nadal Tennis Academy slid to No. 3 with Robin Montgomery of the United States dislodging her at No. 2 after winning the girls singles title in the US Open.
Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva of Andorra stays on top despite bowing to Montgomery in the quarterfinals in Flushing Meadows.
All in all, Eala’s points dipped from 2964.5 to 2643 while Montgomery amassed 2766.25 and Kasintseva netting 3145.75 to stay in the lead.
In a previous statement, Eala admitted that she is still working on her performance in the singles play.
“Singles play is more popular than doubles,” she said.
“It is also, in my opinion, a bit harder. But I’m working on it. I’m still training really hard. I will be joining a lot of Slams in the future. I try not focus too much on the results.”
Despite the slide in the ranking, Eala is still having a fruitful year as she won her first professional title at the ITF W15 Manacor Tournament last January while copping both the singles and doubles titles at the JA Milan tournament last July.
Her biggest win, however, was the French Open in which she joined Oksana Selekhmeteva of Russia to cop the girls’ doubles event for her second Grand Slam crown.