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Alex Eala shows no fatigue, barges to first ITF Final

Alex Eala showed no signs of fatigue, dominating Adithya Karunaratne, 6-3, 6-4, to enter the Finals of the 2021 ITF Spain 01A Women’s World Tennis Tour at the Rafa Nadal Tennis Academy in Manacor, Spain, Saturday (Manila time).

Coming off a grueling three-hour battle against Carole Monnet less than 24 hours ago, the 15-year-old still had a hop in her step compared to her 19-year-old foe.

Compared to Eala, Karunaratne had an easier time in the quarterfinals as she defeated Emiliana Arango, 6-2, 6-3.

Moreover, Karunaratne is ranked no. 785 in the world — 866 spots higher than Eala.

In the Finals, Eala will face a more experienced pro.

Yvonne Cavalle-Reimers, who defeated Leolia Jeanjean 6-4, 6-2, earlier, not only has homecourt edge but is also 13 years older than Eala. She is currently world no. 132.

The Finals has US$15,000 at stake, and takes place on Sunday.

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