At just 15 years of age, Filipino player Alex Eala has won her first professional title in Manacor after beating the Mallorcan Yvone Cavalle 5-7, 6-1, 6-3 in the final of the “ITF by LG” tournament. The young player coached at the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar overcame her opponent’s age advantage to turn the scoreboard around and prevent Cavalle (28) from winning her seventh ITF title.


Having reached world number two in the junior rankings in 2020, Alexandra Eala reached her first ITF final this week, leaving in her wake Italian player Ana Paradisi, first seed Seone Mendez, fifth favourite Carole Monnet and, in the semi-finals, Hong Kong player Adithya Karunaratine.


After winning the Junior Australian Open in doubles and reaching the semi-finals of the Junior French Open, Eala has now won the most important title of her career a few months after turning professional. Under the watchful eye of Gabriel Urpy, ex-coach of Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario and Conchita Martínez and currently head of women’s tennis at the academy, and Matilde Muñoz (who is responsible for Eala’s daily work at the Academy), Alex produced outstanding tennis throughout the week, beating higher-ranked and older opponents.


Spanish Fed Cup captain Anabel Medina, who was present all week following the Spanish players, had the honour of presenting the champion and runner-up with their trophies.


Over the coming weeks both Eala and Cavalle will have another opportunity to reach a final in Manacor, as the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar will play host to another two international ITF tournaments.

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