‘This is our victory’: Alex Eala wins US Open juniors, making Philippine sports history

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Alex Eala is officially the Philippines’ first Grand Slam champion.

The Filipina tennis phenom made sports history after becoming the first Filipino to win a grand slam singles championship at the US Open Juniors in New York City on Saturday (Sunday in Manila).

The 17-year-old defeated Czech player and reigning French Open girls’ singles champion Lucie Havlickova, scoring 6-2, 6-4.

“I fought with all my heart, not just for myself, but to help the future of Philippine tennis. So this is not my victory alone, this is our victory,” Eala said in Filipino when she was awarded her trophy.

Before her win, Eala was the only Filipino player to hold two junior doubles grand slam titles.

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and other lawmakers congratulated Eala on her historic win over the weekend.

“It is with an immense sense of pride and joy that I congratulate Alex Eala on her historic win at the US Open Junior Girls’ Singles Championship. Another Filipina has raised our flag and made our nation proud,” he wrote on Twitter.

Newly installed Philippine Sports Commission chairman Noli Eala, who is related to the athlete, also celebrated his niece’s win.

“What a way to start my Chairmanship of the PSC. My own niece giving the country another reason to be proud and to celebrate. Amazing!” he tweeted.

Senator Pia Cayetano also congratulated the athlete for making “HERstory” at the US Open.

“With the right training and exposure, Filipino athletes can excel in the world stage,” the senator wrote.

“Thank you and mabuhay, Alex Eala, for being a shining inspiration to our youth and to our nation with your win at the US Open. Until your next victories! #HERstory”