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    Alex Eala starts strong in $60K debut, stuns older foe in straight sets

    Apr 6, 2021
    PHOTO: Rafa Nadal Academy

    FILIPINA teen tennis sensation Alex Eala crushed Margot Yerolymos of France in straight sets, 7, 6(6), 6-2, to make her presence felt in the opener of the W60 Bellinzona on Tuesday night in Switzerland.

    The 15-year-old was able to sustain her momentum after she pulled off a very strong start in a cagey first set that lasted for 1 hour and 16 minutes after a tiebreaker with the WTA No. 323.

    The win is her first-ever victory in the $60,000 series, which is already her ninth tournament this year.

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      Eala entered the second and last set tough, racking up the first three points. Yerolymos, 23, however, tried to turn the tables, catching up 3-2, before Eala eventually went away to seal the win.

      The Juniors World No. 3 player recorded two service aces in the two hour-long match.

      She’s also improved her ranking to WTA no. 715.

      Eala now moves to the second round and will next face WTA no. 206 Laura-Loana Paar of Romania, whom she defeated earlier this year in W25 Grenoble.

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