Alex Eala: A princess is born
After the Queen died, a new princess was born. She did not come to rule a royal court but the tennis court. She is Princess Alexandra I but more popularly known as Princess Alex. Alex is the first tennis royalty from the Philippines who ruled the recent US Junior Open after defeating Lucie Havlickova of the Czech Republic in two straight sets, 6-2 and 6-4. Alex was the first Filipino to win a Grand Slam singles title in tennis. And she did it at the US Open, one of the most prestigious tennis tournaments in the world. In clinching the title, she had won over highly rated players on her way to the championship. She bested 8th seeded player, Taylah Preston from Australia, 14th seed Mirra Andreva of Russia in the quarterfinals, and 9th seed Victoria Mokpo of Canada in the semis. Havlickova was the 2nd top ranked player in the tournament and she is currently the World No. 3 in the junior ranking.