ALEXANDRA Eala and Melanie Faye Dizon ruled the Cebuana Lhuillier Girls’ Tennis Challenge at the Valle Verde Country Club to gain slots in the WTA Future Stars Tournament Asia-Pacific leg in Singapore.
Eala won the Under-14 title after beating Miles Vitaliano, 6-0, 7-5, while Dizon beat Carlyn Bless Guarde, 6-1, 6-2, in the U-16 division.
The Asia-Pacific meet is set in October.
The Valle Verde meet featured 16 top junior netters in the country.
“I'd like to thank and congratulate all the participants, most especially the two champions of the Cebuana Lhuillier WTA Future Stars qualifying tournament, for giving us such exciting matches,” said Philippine Tennis Association chairman and Cebuana Lhuillier president and CEO Jean Henri Lhuillier.
“As a tennis patron, it was very inspiring to witness the talents and skills of these young tennis players. It's about time that we take home the WTA crown, and there's definitely a good chance for this goal to be realized this year,” said Lhuillier.
In the U-14 semifinals, Eala beat Bliss Bayking, 6-0, 6-2, while Vitaliano overcame Macie Carlos, 7-6, 6-2, in a three-hour duel.
Dizon downed Mary Aubrey Calma, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2, as Guarde ousted Gennifer Pagente, 6-3, 6-3, in the U-16 semifinals.