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Alex Eala looks to ‘grow up’ in Swiss tilt

/ 05:20 AM April 08, 2021
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As Alex Eala makes deeper runs in the pro circuit, she gets introduced not only to top-level competitions, but also to such grown-up stuff like prize money. She isn’t even an adult yet, but this early, her parents said they have allowed the 15-year-old to keep her earnings.

“Yes, Alex gets prize money if she earns any,” said her father Mike on Wednesday.

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She does, though not substantially. Records on the web have pegged her prize money at $5,600 thus far, a little over P270,000.

But the Filipino hotshot will try to pad that sum a bit at the W60 Bellinzona tournament in Switzerland.

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Her valiant 7-6 (6), 6-2 victory over 22-year-old French pro Margot Yerolymos late Tuesday set her up for a late Wednesday night showdown with 32-year-old Romanian Laura-Ioana Paar.

Eala had previously beaten Paar in the second round of the W25 Grenoble in France in early February, when she forged a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 victory.

But Paar still holds a massive edge in experience, having won 495 professional games out of 770 outings. Eala’s pro record is still at 18-10.

Eala is competing in her 12th pro tournament, making the main draw as a junior exempt entry being the World No. 2 in juniors.

But it’s a tough field out there as 15 players inside the top 200 in the world are seeing action.

The Filipino ace won her first pro tournament in a Manacor leg in Spain and became just one of five players aged 15 and under to win a pro title in the last three years.

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