MANILA, Philippines – Filipina sensation Alex Eala clinches No.2 at the tennis World Junior Rankings as per the latest International Tennis Federation (ITF) rankings released Tuesday following her twin titles in Milan, Italy last week.
The Filipina ace has improved her point standing by 467.5 after winning twin titles in Trofeo Bonfiglio, a JA, tournament in Milan, Italy.
The 16-year-old’s total tally increased from 2318.75 to 2786.25, surpassing Elsa Jacquemot of France with 2404.25, to reclaim the no. 2 spot of the International Tennis Federation World Juniors Rankings.
Eala first clinched the spot in October last year after a semifinals finish in the 2020 French Open.
In Milan, the top-seeded player conquered both Singles and Doubles main draw.
Eala zoomed closer to the top of the world junior rankings after a double-championship in the JA Milan, ruling both the girls’ singles and doubles events.
Ranked as the No. 1 player in Milan, Eala rolled over her counterparts capped off by a 6-3, 6-3 win over Czech Republic’s Nikola Bartunkova in the singles finale.
She and American partner Madison Sieg were also the top seed in the doubles, finishing it off with a 6-4, 4-6, 13-11 finals victory over Croatia’s Lucija Ciric Bagaric and Belgium’s Sofia Costoulas.
It’s the ninth overall juniors title for Eala, including two doubles Grand Slam crowns after her conquests in the 2020 Australian Open and 2021 French Open.
She fell short in her quest for a third Slam in the Wimbledon earlier this month but is anticipated to regain stroke in the prestigious US Open later this year.
In the women’s pro circuit, Eala has also won a maiden title last January to slowly move up in the ranks from outside Top 1000 last year. She’s currently at No. 634 of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) rankings.
Eala’s rankings is also the best rankings yet obtained by a Filipino. She is also the top ranked Juniors player in Asia.