Alex Eala nails No. 2 seed in 2021 French Open girls' singles tilt

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 5) – Filipino tennis wunderkind Alex Eala gained an advantage in her second French Open girls' singles competition outing after being named as the tournament's No. 2 seed.

Eala earned the same position at the start of the 2020 French Open, where she reached the semifinals to be the first Filipino to advance in a Grand Slam semifinal match since Felix Barrientos in the 1985 Wimbledon juniors tournament.

She will face British bet Matilda Mutavdzic in the first round.

The 16-year-old Filipino tennis sensation is fresh from runner-up finish in her first doubles tournament in the professional tennis circuit. She and Russian partner Oksana Selekhmeteva finished second in the W25 Platja D'Aro in Spain last May 22.

The 2021 French Open will be Eala's fourth Grand Slam singles tournament after she competed in the 2020 Australian Open and 2019 US Open.

Eala is also the 2020 Australian Open girls' doubles champion - a feat she won with Indonesian partner Priska Madelyn Nugroho.

Eala is currently in her career high world no. 624 in the latest Women's Tennis Association rankings. She remains the third best-ranked junior female tennis player in the world, according to the International Tennis Federation.