MANILA – Alex Eala made a triumphant return to the professional tennis circuit after beating another high-caliber tennister to start her campaign in the ITF W25 Manacor tournament in Spain on Wednesday.
The Philippine tennis wunderkind took down world ranked number 284 Simona Waltert of Switzerland in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4.
In her first match after a three-week break, Eala dominated Waltert in the first set before holding her off in the second.
Eala will next face third-seeded Jana Fett in the next round of the event.
Fett came back from a Set 1 defeat to beat Diana Marcinkevica of Latvia, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, in their own first round match-up.
Fett is currently ranked 210th by the Women’s Tennis Association but was at one point at number 97. Ivan Stewart Saldajeno / PNA – northboundasia.com