Tennis: Alex Eala, Indonesian partner claim Australian Open girls' doubles title


Posted at Jan 31 2020 04:24 PM | Updated as of Jan 31 2020 09:56 PM

Tennis: Alex Eala, Indonesian partner claim Australian Open girls' doubles title 1
Alexandra Eala (left) of the Philippines and Priska Nugroho (right) of Indonesia pose with their trophy after winning the girl's doubles final match against Ziva Falkner of Slovenia and Matilda Mutavdzic of Britain at the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, on Friday. Roman Pilipey, EPA-EFE

(UPDATE) Filipina teen tennis star Alex Eala and her partner Priska Madelyn Nugroho of Indonesia made history at the Australian Open after they eked out a 6-1, 6-2 dominating victory against Slovenia's Ziva Falkner and the United Kingdom's Matilda Mutavdzic to capture the 2020 Australian Open girls' doubles title in Melbourne Friday.

Eala and Nugroho needed only 49 minutes to win the championship. 

The duo almost blanked their championship opponent in the first set, serving a better percentage aside from scoring 9 winners compared to just 1 of Falkner and Mutavdzic. 

Eala and Nugroho zoomed to a 5-0 lead early in the match before the European tandem tallied a game in the scoreboard, 1-5. 

But the winning partner did not give the opposing side any chance to mount a comeback, closing the opening frame in the 7th game, 6-1. 

After a 1-0 start in the second set, Falkner and Mutavdzic committed crucial double faults in serve that enabled the eventual champions to create another separation, 3-1. 

The runner-up finishers tried to hold on in the match but a break of Eala and Nugroho in the third and seventh game proved costly to them. 

Eala is ranked eighth in the junior world rankings with 1465 points prior to the match. 

The Southeast Asian pair pulled off a shocker in the semifinals after upsetting the top-seeded tandem of Kamilla Bartone of Latvia and Linda Fruhvirtova of the Czech Republic on Thursday. 

Two two junior tennisters narrowly beat the Bartone and Fruhvirtova, 1-6 7-5 10-8. 

Eala also joined the girls' singles competition but only managed to reach the third round where she fell to Hong Yi Cody Wong of Hong Kong, 1-6 3-6.

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