MANILA, Philippines – Alex Eala is eyeing his fifth International Tennis Federation (ITF) singles crown by defeating Oceane Dodin of France in the final of the W40 Kyotec Open on Sunday (Manila time) in Petange, Luxembourg.
The 18-year-old Filipino defeated German Anna-Lena Friedsam in three sets 7-5, 4-6, 6-2 in the semifinal round after a grueling match that lasted two hours and 30 minutes.
Eala is seeking its third title this year after winning the W25 Yecla in June and the W25 Roehampton in August. This will be her fourth final appearance this year, after finishing second in the W25 Aldershot four months ago.
Eala, seeded ninth, will face Dodin, who has yet to drop a set in the tournament and is currently 101st in the Women’s Tennis Association rankings.
The 27-year-old Frenchman defeated Hanne Vandewinkel of Belgium 6-1, 6-3 in the second tennis match to set up a masterclass match against world No. 204 Eala.
The Rafael Nadal Academy graduate dominated the tournament after defeating Jasmijn Gimbrere of the Netherlands 6-3, 6-2 in the quarterfinals. She also defeated Angelina Wirges of Germany 6-3, 6-2 in the first round, and then defeated qualifier Johanne Christine Svendsen of Denmark 6-3, 6-1.
She also competed in doubles, but also Turkish partner Zeynep Sonmez was eliminated in the semifinal round.
Eala surpassed their semi-final appearance in W60 Nantes, France two weeks ago with another final match in Petange.