MANILA, Philippines – Alex Eala kicks off her main draw for the W80 Poitiers against her hometown bet Jessika Ponchet on Tuesday in France.
The 17-year-old Filipino took on her foe France, who had beaten her twice in previous professional tournaments in Spain, to start the main draw in the $80,000 second tournament. la takes place at 8pm (Manila time).
Eala, who is currently 248th in her Best Women’s Tennis Association, tries to overcome the hurdles against world number 167 Ponchet, who swept her into the second round of the W25 Palma del Rio semi-final. and W60 Vitoria-Gasteiz.
The Philippines’ first Grand Slam singles champion dominated her path in qualifying after beating France’s Diana Martynov, 6-1, 6-2, in the final stages on Monday.
Won my first qualifying match at this W80 Internationaux Feminins de La Vienne.
Sent by Alex Eala on Sunday, October 23, 2022
Eala will also open her doubles campaign against Petra Marcinko of Croatia on Tuesday when they meet Yuliya Hatouka and Iryna Shymanovich of Belarus in the opening round.
Academy pundit Rafael Nadal, who is eyeing her third professional crown, made her $80,000 debut at W80 Rancho Sante Fe in California, where she reached the quarterfinals.
Eala ended the W60 Hamburg campaign in Germany with a second-round debut at the hands of the top seed Ysaline Bonaventure of Belgium6-4, 6-0, last week.
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