By Leobert Julian A. de la Peña
Filipina tennis sensation Alex Eala isn’t done making waves overseas after jumping 17 ranks higher to earn another personal best Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) world ranking.
After clinching the WTA world no. 411 rank just a week ago, Eala improved to world no. 394 this week after her points tally was adjusted.
Eala’s stellar championship-clinching outing during the 2022 W25 Chiang Rai tournament held in Thailand became the major factor in her rank improvement.
Aside from her first championship title of the year, Eala also notched several quarterfinals and semifinal appearances during the International Tennis Federation (ITF) W25 professional circuit.
Eala then marched into the main draw of the 2022 Miami Open but despite the loss, her first-time appearance also contributed more points due to the tournament’s competition level.
Her most recent point boost came during her wild card call-up in the 2022 Madrid Open but eventually lost against veteran Anna Bondar of Hungary, 6-0, 6-0.
After her Madrid Open stint, Eala is expected to go back to her training camp to wrap up her preparations for the upcoming 2022 Southeast Asian Games to be held in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Eala will have the chance to crack into the WTA top 300 ranks this year if she grabs more championship trophies and continue punching playoff tickets for the rest of her ITF stints.