ALEX EALA is moving on from a loss in her Miami Open debut two days ago and will vie in the International Tennis Federation-sanctioned W60 tournament in Bellinzona, Switzerland, from April 5 to 11.
The 15-year-old Filipina earned a wild card at the Miami Open but lost to world No. 104 Viktoria Kuzmova of Slovakia, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2, at the Hard Rock Stadium in Florida.
“Yesterday was huge,” Eala, ranked word No. 3 in juniors, wrote on her Facebook post the day after the match. “I am having a great week here and it is such an amazing experience.”
The Rafael Nadal Academy scholar is seeded 34th in the main draw of the Swiss tournament.
“Transitioning from being a junior to a professional is a scary point in one’s career,” Eala said in a WTA statement. “I am unsure about what the future holds and there are a lot of ups and downs.
“My family never failed to support me and know they are rooting for me in whatever I do,” she added.
Eala climb 140 rungs up the WTA rankings to be at 763 in the world. She bagged her first professional title in the first leg of the W15 Manacor tournament in Spain after overcoming Spaniard Yvonne Cavalle-Reimers, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2.