HANOI — For any individual who has received two junior Grand Slams and now already enjoying within the professional circuit, regional video games just like the Southeast Asian Games must be simply one other event in her busy calendar. But Alex Eala is taking her maiden SEA Games as “a big deal.”
Eala, who is just turning 17 later this month, debuts Friday when tennis group competitions begin at Hanaka Tu Son Bac Ninh.
“I’m very excited to play, of course, it’s a very big deal in the Philippines, I’ve been wanting to play this for a while now,” Eala informed the Inquirer. “I have practiced with my teammates and yeah I think I was able to have a good relationship with everyone, just bringing the good vibes and having the positive mindset.”
With her round in addition to mainstays like United States-based gamers Treat Huey and Ruben Gonzales, the Philippines is concentrating on three gold medals, based on head coach Chris Cuarto.
“I think three golds is workable, this is a strong team we have. But it still all depends on the draw,” stated Cuarto.
By the appears of it, the Philippines is shifting concentrate on doubles enjoying Eala and Huey in combined doubles in addition to defending champions Francis Casey Alcantara and Jeson Patrombon within the males’s doubles.
Eala may also play ladies’s singles, hoping to finish the nation’s gold medal drought within the occasion. The final time the nation received it was via Maricris Fernandez within the 1993 version.
Huey and Gonzales, the 2019 runners up, may also pair up for males’s doubles making the nation a formidable group within the competitors that stakes seven gold medals.
The nation received only one gold in the course of the 2019 SEA Games held within the nation.
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