Photo from Rafa Nadal Academy

Alex Eala returned to court with a dominating first-round victory in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Women’s World Tennis Tour W15 Manacor event in Spain Wednesday night.

Eala blasted unseeded Spaniard Ana Lantigua de la Nuez, 6-0, 6-2, to jumpstart her second pro title bid in the third leg of the $15,0000 tournament hosted by the Rafa Nadal Academy.

The 15-year-old PH bet held her serve throughout the one hour, 27 minute match, breaking de la Nuez five times to set up a second-round duel with the winner between top seed Margot Yerolymos of France and German qualifier Silvia Ambrosio.

De La Nuez, 20, boasts of a higher Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) ranking of No. 619 compared to Eala’s No. 942, but the Filipina ace appeared unfazed with her solid attacks.

Eala hopes to cap off the three-leg tournament on a big note after capturing her maiden pro title in the first leg two weeks ago.

She finished in the quarterfinals in the second leg and seeks to eclipse that previous performance this time.

Source: Manila Bulletin (