Top bets Alexandra Eala and Melanie Faye Dizon earned the coveted spots for the WTA Future Stars Tournament in Singapore after topping their respective divisions in the Cebuana Lhuillier Girls’ Tennis Challenge on Sunday at the Valle Verde Country Club tennis courts.
Eala, which survived a grueling, three-hour duel against Macie Carlos in the semifinals, claimed the under-14 championship after blasting Miles Vitaliano, 6-0, 7-5 in the finals.
Dizon, on the other hand, booked the ticket to the Asia-Pacific stage after administering a 6-1, 6-2 demotion of favorite Carlyn Bless Guarde.
The quest for excellence though has just began since Eala and Dizon will be vying for the WTA crown in the under-14 and under-divisions, respectively this October.
“I’d like to thank and congratulate all the participants, most especially the two champions of the Cebuana Lhuillier WTA Future Stars qualifying tournament, for giving us such exciting matches,” said PhilTA Chairman of the Board and Cebuana Lhuillier President and CEO Jean Henri Lhuillier.
“As a tennis patron, it was very inspiring to witness the talents and skills of these young tennis players. It’s about time that we take home the WTA crown, and there’s definitely a good chance for this goal to be realized this year.”