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Tennis star Alex Eala becomes first Filipino to win Grand Slam singles championship

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  • Filipino tennis star Alex Eala became the first Filipino to win a junior Grand Slam singles title after winning the U.S. Open girls’ singles championship on Saturday.
  • The 17-year-old athlete defeated Lucie Havlickova of the Czech Republic in the final match of the tournament held Sept. 4-10 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
  • “I wholeheartedly fought for this not only for myself but also to help with the future of Philippine tennis. So, this is not just my victory, but the victory of all of us,” Eala said in Filipino during the awarding of her trophy.
  • Eala, who won the girls’ doubles titles at the 2020 Australian Open and the 2021 Roland-Garros, also participated in the Junior Girls’ Doubles draw with Russian No. 14 seed Mirra Andreeva, but was eliminated in the second round by Germans Carolina Kuhl and Ella Seidel.
  • Eala, who started playing in professional tournaments in January, currently holds two ITF titles: the 2021 W15 Manacor in Spain and the 2022 W25 Chiang Rai in Thailand.

The Philippines’ Alexandra “Alex” Eala became the first Filipino to win a Grand Slam singles championship at the US Open Juniors in New York City.

The 17-year-old athlete, who had previously won two junior doubles Grand Slam titles, was the No. 10 seed going into the tournament, which was held Sept. 4–10 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

The Fab 4: Chinese women make tennis history at US Open

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  • US Open history was made on Thursday when four Chinese women reached the final 32 of a grand slam event.
  • Zheng Qinwen and Yuan Yue were joined by Wang Xiyu and Zhang Shuai for the third round.
  • Zheng defeated Russia’s Anastasia Potapova in straight sets and will be going up against Germany’s Jule Niemeier in the third round.
  • Yuan will face Jessica Pegula of the U.S. on Saturday for a spot in the final 16.
  • Zheng has been a rising star of Chinese tennis, with her ranking rising to 39th in the world following a series of tournament performances.

US Open history was made on Thursday as four players became the first four Chinese women to reach the third round of a grand slam event.

Tennis stars Zheng Qinwen and Yuan Yue joined Wang Xiyu and Zhang Shuai in the final 32 of the US Open on Thursday. 

Wu Yibing makes history as first Chinese man to win Grand Slam singles match in 63 years

  • Chinese tennis player Wu Yibing, 22, beat Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili, 30, in the opening round of the U.S. Open on Monday, making him the first Chinese man to win a singles match at a Grand Slam event in 63 years.
  • Wu beat Basilashvili 6-3, 6-4 and 6-0 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City on Monday.
  • “It’s happy and exciting but still more matches to come,” Wu told ATP Tour. “The third set, I don’t know if he was hurting or something, I just tried to make all the balls and tried to stay in the game, not thinking about winning or losing. That’s why I guess I didn’t show much emotions. I feel pretty calm.”
  • Prior to Wu’s victory, the last Chinese man to win a U.S. Open singles match was Cheng Guy in 1935.

Chinese tennis player Wu Yibing made history this week by becoming the first Chinese man to win a singles match at a Grand Slam event in 63 years.

Wu, 22, beat Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili, 30, in the opening round of the U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City on Monday.

Naomi Osaka pays tribute to Serena Williams ahead of Grand Slam queen’s last US Open

  • Japanese professional tennis player Naomi Osaka, 24, paid tribute to her idol Serena Williams, 40, at a press conference for the U.S. Open on Saturday.
  • “She's introduced people that have never heard of tennis into the sport. I think I'm a product of what she's done,” Osaka told reporters. “I wouldn't be here without Serena, Venus, her whole family. I'm very thankful to her.”
  • Osaka and Williams have faced each other four times on the court, with the Japanese star beating her idol in three of their matches.
  • Williams is set to face Montenegro’s Danka Kovinic in her final U.S. Open tournament on Monday, while Osaka will play against American athlete Danielle Collins on Tuesday.

Japanese professional tennis player Naomi Osaka paid tribute to her idol, Serena Williams, ahead of the legendary athlete’s final U.S. Open before she retires.

Osaka, 24, spoke about Williams, 40, at a press conference for the U.S. Open on Saturday, proclaiming that her idol has “changed the sport [tennis] so much.”