PH tennis phenom Eala makes 1st pro finals' appearance
The win catapulted the 15-year-old Globe ambassador to her first-ever title match in the main draw of an International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) women’s tournament. Eala was in control in the match as she defeated Karunaratne, a 19-year-old player who reached a career-high ranking of 785th in the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) tour. Eala took the first set, 6-3, by relying and holding her serve. In the second set, Eala sustained her momentum jumping to a 2-0 lead. The Globe Ambassador broke Karunaratne in the 5th frame to go up 4-1 and move within two games of a finals’ berth. Karunaratne, however, broke Eala’s service to cut her lead to 4-2 when Eala’s return sailed wide after the Hong Kong player took the advantage. In the seventh frame, it was Eala’s turn to break serve Karunaratne to go up 5-2 and with her serving for the set and the match.