BOOSTED by her sensational run in the juniors’ doubles tournament of the 2020 Australian Open, Globe Ambassador and tennis prodigy Alex Eala is now ranked fourth No. 4, a career high, in the latest world rankings.
Eala teamed up with Indonesian Priska Nugroho to win the doubles title in the year’s first grand slam event. The pair overwhelmed Ziva Falkner of Slovenia and Matilda Mutavdzic of the United Kingdom in straight sets 6-1, 6-2 for the crown.
Eala and Nugroho reached the finals after shocking the top seeded pair of Kamila Bartone of Latvia and Linda Fruhvirtova of Czech Republic in the semifinals.
The 14-yearl-old’s historic run and her strong performance in the singles gave Eala a total of 1,718.75 points, catapulting her from a previous career-best ninth in the world last month to be among the top four best players in the world in the latest rankings.
Eala won her first two games in the singles but fell to Yi Cody Wong of Hong Kong in the third round.
With her improved ranking, Eala is expected to compete and see more action in high-level tournaments in her bid to further improve her game.
Eala has been a Globe Ambassador since 2016. The company has been supportive of her goal of bringing honor and fame to the country since she was eight years old.