JUST three days after bagging her first-ever International Tennis Federation Women's title, Alex Eala opened another tournament with a bang, beating second-seeded Mirjam Bjorklund of Sweden to jumpstart her W15 Manacor tourney campaign in Spain on Wednesday.
The 15-year-old Filipina started strong taking the first set before the 22-year-old foe bounced back in the second. Eala, however, was able to prevent forcing a decider in a match that eventually ended tallying scores of 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.
Bjorklund is currently ranked 315 in the WTA and 250 in ITF Singles. Meanwhile, Eala is at No. 1190 and 1670, respectively, considering she only began joining the pro last year.
This is only her second tournament in 2021 after winning last weekend in Mallorca, where she was the youngest competitor.
The Filipina, who entered as a Junior Reserve, now moves to the second round (round of 16) with opponent and schedule still pending.