Filipina Alex Eala bagged two championship titles in both the girls’ singles and doubles events of the JA Milan on July 17 in Italy.
Eala, ranked world junior No. 3 — and No. 1 seed in Milan – took barely one hour and 49 minutes to emerge victorious over Czech Republic’s Nikola Bartunkova 6-3, 6-3 in the singles finale.
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The singles victory journey had witnessed her overcoming Czech Brenda Fruhvirtova, Canada’s Kayla Cross, Russia’s Ksenia Zaytseva, Belgium’s Sofia Costoulas and another Russian Mirra Andreeva – enroute to clinching her fourth juniors singles and ninth overall title.
Earlier, the 16-year-old Filipina tennis champion had bagged the doubles crown with American partner Madison Sieg on July 17. Eala and Sieg, who were also the No. 1 seed tandem in the girls’ doubles, ensured their 6-4, 4-6, 13-11 finals victory over Croatia’s Lucija Ciric Bagaric and Costoulas. (AW)