Aug 112017

Young Filipino tennis player Alexandra Eala has so far won 4 doubles titles in 4 Young Stars Tournaments in Europe, placing the Philippine flag among champions in the tour.

The 12-year old tennis phenomenon won her doubles titles together with her Indonesian partner in the Under-14 touring team of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) – Asian Tennis Federation (ATF) competing in 5 tournaments in 4 countries in Europe.

Alex Eala (center) in the 2017 Open des Jeunes Stade Francais

Alex Eala (center) in the 2017 Open des Jeunes Stade Francais [via Facebook]

Fresh from her winning the championship at the 14 and Under Girls in the Sutama International Junior ATF Tournament in Japan, Eala went to Europe in mid-July and quickly picked up her first doubles title with Priska Madelyn Nugroho after defeating the Italian team 6-2, 6-4, in the finals of the Open des Jeune organized by the Stade Francais Club in Paris, France – the kick off tournament.

Winning the Windmill Cup

Winning the Windmill Cup [via Facebook]

The top-seeded girl tennis player at the ATF won her next doubles title at the Windmill Cup in Velp, Netherlands after beating the Egyptian- Moroccan team, 7-5, 6-1. Eala also won the Championship Match of the Finals Consolation Rounds in the tennis singles.

The La Balle Mimosa Loire-Atlantique doubles champions

The La Balle Mimosa Loire-Atlantique doubles champions [via Facebook]

The ATF team claimed its 3rd straight doubles title when it went back to France’s La Balle Mimosa Loire-Atlantique in Nantes, dominating the Peruvian team, 6-3, 6-1 in the finals.

Eala and her partner clinched their 4th doubles title at the Internationale Deutsche Tennismeisterschaften in Duren, Germany, posting a 4-6, 6-4, (10-5) victory over South Koreans.

Eala’s winning streak was announced on the Philippine News Agency site.

The young Filipina netter’s Facebook fan page is updated with her wins and performance in tournaments.

Eala is currently gunning for her 5th doubles titles in Belgium.


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Aug 092017
Sarah Lahbati is now engaged to Richard Gutierrez

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Jun 092017
Fil-Am buys US vodka brand endorsed by Shaq O’Neal

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Apr 282017
First Jollibee in Europe to open in Italy

Jollibee Foods Corp (JFC) signed a deal with Singaporean company BlackBird Holdings to operate the first Jollibee store in Italy, the first store in Europe for the popular Filipino food chain. JFC Group president Jose Miñana Jr. said in media reports that the company would start in Italy where there are many Filipinos to mark its foray in Europe. “We’re looking at possibly Italy to be our (starting point) in Europe. We’re not in Europe yet. We will follow where the Pinoys are,” he said, adding that the company’s target Europe debut is between 2017 and 2018. BlackBird will own 25 percent of the proposed joint venture while the Jollibee group will own 75 percent through its international unit Golden Plate. The two companies have agreed to invest one million euros, of which up to 750 thousand euros will be contributed by Golden Plate, in proportion to its ownership in the business. Jollibee Foods Corporations strategy is to make a territorial franchise like in the Philippines, for Italy with the ability to develop and expand the brand in the market. The joint venture partnership will facilitate the entry and the opening of the first store will create the desired awareness for the Jollibee brand in the market. Jollibee has been planning to go to Europe because of the growing resident Filipinos in the continent. There more than two hundred thousand Filipinos living in Italy, which is said to be the largest population of overseas Filipinos in Europe. Jollibee has already Read More …

Mar 312017
Meloto-Wilk is Woman of the Year in London Beauty Awards

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Mar 282017
61 countries where Pinoys can visit without a visa

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Apr 162014
Phl welcomes US plan to import more Phl mangoes

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