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    Unstoppable Alex Eala topples HK's Adithya Karunaratne, secures first pro finals berth

    Jan 23, 2021
    PHOTO: Courtesy of Rafa Nadal Academy

    EVEN when faced with much older opponents, Filipina tennis ace Alex Eala has remained unstoppable in her first professional tournament this year.

    Playing less than 24 hours after last match, Eala extended her winning streak and secured a ticket to the finals of International Tennis Federation's W15 Manacor after sweeping Hong Kong's Adithya Karunaratne, 6-3, 6-4.

    The Australian Open Juniors Doubles champion sustained her strong start in the first set in her faceoff against the 19-year-old.

    Karunaratne is ranked at No. 785 in Singles while Eala, who only turned pro last year, is at No. 1,651.

    Earlier in the week, the 15-year-old also demolished the $15,000 tournament's top seed Seone Mendez of Australia, an ITF World No. 2, in the quarterfinals, and escaped 21-year-old French player Carole Monnet in the semis just this morning. '

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